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How To Handle Back Pain -- From Mild To Life Threatening

Feb 23, 2008
When back pain strikes the process of consideration must occur. Mild back pain can come from various causes, but when the pain is severe you should seek medical attention immediately. When injuries happen the back delivers messages that signal us that a problem exists. Of course pain is the number one signal. You should never ignore pain: It is your body's way of telling you something is wrong and needs attention.

When Should You Visit Your Doctor?

If you are in an accident or fall and cause injury, seek medical assistance immediately. Delaying even a day can lead to further serious complications.

If you lift a heavy object and your back starts to ache, seek help. If the muscles in your legs cannot provide you support and stability to stand erect on your toes, seek help.

In your lower trunk, legs and back, if you feel weakness, tingling or numbness you may need medical assistance.

During sleep hours if your back gives you problems, you endure fevers or if you experience chills, seek experienced medical help.

If you should suddenly lose control of your bladder and bowels, medical treatment may be needed.

If you notice pain traveling down your arm or leg, in addition to back pain, seek help. If you notice joint pain or swelling in all areas, including the back, please seek help.

If You Experience Mild Back Pain

If you feel mild pain or discomfort in the back which you believe is not an emergency, you should rest your back. When pain starts from common activates it is often because you have over-exerted the joints, muscles and other parts of the back.

When treating the problem at home, rest in a comfortable position. Lie on your back and place a pillow under your knees. You can also try resting on your back while placing your feet on your couch or chair. The knees should bend at a 90-degree angle. Roll a towel up and situate it so that it supports your neck.

When you rest the back, make sure that you lay on a firm surface, especially if you are resting for a day or so. If you lie on soft mattresses for any length of time, it could cause problems to the muscles that support the back.

During the hours you are awake, you'll want to continue lying on your back, rather than sitting up. You can continue the treatment at home by moving around every couple of hours.

You'll also want to focus on balancing the body when walking around and use hard surfaces to support your weight.

Whatever method you choose and if it is right for you, allow your back to rest until the pain vanishes. If the pain continues, however, seek medical assistance. Sometimes you have to rest the back a few days before it ceases aching.

Alternate Methods of Treatment

You can visit a massage therapist, chiropractor or someone who performs acupuncture to seek help. In fact, many doctors and mental health experts are incorporating acupuncture into their treatment plans. The process includes needles which treat the disorder by inserting the injections into the skin at points believed to cause the pain.
About the Author
James London-DeVasher writes about Everyday health and Backpain at his website, Backpain - Causes and Cures Find treatments and cures for your mild pains and advice on when to seek medical attention at Backpain - Causes and Cures.
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