“Our bodies are meant to move. Healthy joints and muscles need to go through their complete range of motion to prevent stiffness and soreness we often experience when being inactive ” , says Associate Professor Manuela Ferreira, of the George Institute for Global Health in Australia. According to a latest study, back pain is commonly managed by prescribing medicines such as anti-inflammatory painkillers. The study, involving more than 6,000 people, also found patients taking anti-inflammatory painkillers were 2.5 times more likely to suffer problems such as stomach ulcers and bleeding.
Do Painkillers really cure Back Pain?
Pain killers cannot provide complete relief of pain. They may reduce, but cannot eliminate pain. Most of us do not realize the importance of tissue healing and we keep on taking pain killers to reduce the symptoms and get back to work with a temporarily painless though unhealed back, making more prone to injury thereafter.
Do Painkillers have Side effects?
Much as with all medicines, there are a number of side effects that have been reported with each of the different painkillers. You may expect to have following side effects due to these medicines :
Are you suffering from excruciating back pain? Do yourself a favor and engage in remedial measures. Consequently, these will focus on reducing strain, protecting your spine and boosting your core muscles. There are several ways to go from here, keep reading to see how you can get ‘back up!’
Treatment with Physiotherapy and Lifestyle Changes
Passive modes of physiotherapy include soothing the pain with heat application, ice packs and electrical stimulation. On the other hand, active physiotherapy includes stretching, dynamic stabilization exercises and core strengthening exercises.
Lifestyle factors can also be a big contributor to low back pain. 50% of the cases seen usually are of Mechanical Back Pain. It occurs due to wrong postures and stressing your back more while working. Consider adopting a few habits such as a correct posture, to maintain healthy office ergonomics.
Time Crunch? Quick Self-Care Steps to Find Relief
- Stretch Your Hamstrings Twice Daily – People tend to often overlook tight hamstrings as a contributor to back pain. Hamstring stretching should be done carefully and at least twice per day.
- Increase Your Calcium and Vitamin D Intake – Osteoporosis is an accepted cause of back pain later in life, especially for women. Strong bones in your spine can help prevent it.
- Straighten Your Posture – When bad posture puts strain and stress on your back, it can change the architecture of your spine. Avoid rounding your shoulders, slouching or bending sideways when standing.
The next time before you find yourself reaching for pain medication, take a moment to ask yourself: “Do I want to ease the pain through medication? Or should I be assuming control of the problem through physiotherapy?”
Choosing a home based physiotherapy will give quicker and more effective results, along with doctor supervision. To top it off,it even more cost effective! Physiotherapy care packages with HealthCare atHome can be your way to an even faster recovery with personalized care at home.
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