Back Pain Can Hit Hard, So Hit Back!

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How can I manage acute back pain?

Back Pain Can Hit Hard, So Hit Back!

You're all geared up to tackle the big weekend project: the paint is selected, your supplies are lined up, everything is taped, masked, and prepped. You pick up the ladder to bring it in the house, when WHAM! Searing pain shoots across your back and into your leg, taking your breath away and rendering you immobile and speechless. What do you do?

The sudden onset of acute back pain can be very unexpected, not to mention debilitating. Here are some things to know about acute pain and achieving acute back pain relief:

  • Acute pain is directly related to tissue damage. It comes on quickly and intensely and is usually followed by a long-lasting ache.
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAID's) such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen help reduce inflammation when taken over a period of time; they can be quite helpful in relieving pain.
  • Surveys have shown that most people try to "tough out" their pain, often delaying medical intervention that could actually help.
  • Untreated acute pain can become chronic.
  • Treatment for acute pain includes physical therapy (the goal being increased strength and mobility and immediate symptom relief), complementary or alternative medicine (think holistic, such as acupuncture, herbal remedies, or massage therapy), prescription medication (to relieve pain, reduce inflammation or relax muscles in spasm), or topical analgesics (such as a pain patch or pain relieving cream).

Whether your back pain symptoms come on fast or plague you chronically, don't let it define who you are. Learn the skills you need to live with and manage your pain and find an effective treatment. Use the free locator tool on to find a licensed back pain clinician in your area.



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