Back Pain: Finding Help
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Protect Your Back as You Lie Down - Topic Overview
Bending or twisting your back can cause back pain. When you are getting into bed,avoid twists and bends by following these steps. First,back up to the bed,reach your hands back toward the bed as you bend your knees,and use your arms to help lower yourself to sit straight on the side of the bed. Then use your arms to support you as you lean to the side. At the same time,lift your legs off ...
Use Heat or Ice to Relieve Low Back Pain - Topic Overview
There is some evidence that heat will help decrease low back pain. There is little proof that cold will help. 1 But some people do find that heat or cold help them. Follow these suggestions if you would like to try heat or cold for low back pain. Heat to relieve low back pain Apply heat for 15 to 20 minutes at a time. Moist heat (hot packs,baths,showers) works better than dry heat. Try an ...
Opioids for Spinal Stenosis
Drug details for Opioids for spinal stenosis.
Epidural steroid injections for lumbar spinal stenosis
Drug details for Epidural steroid injections for lumbar spinal stenosis.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - When To Call a Doctor
Call 911 or other emergency services immediately if a fall or injury -- even a mild one -- has caused numbness or weakness in one or both arms, or one or both legs, or low back pain is accompanied by an inability to move the legs (paralysis), confusion, o
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis - Prevention
Lumbar spinal stenosis is most commonly caused by age - related changes of the spine, which can squeeze the spinal cord or its nerve roots. Some of these changes cannot be prevented; however, you may be able to control the severity of spinal stenosis by m
Should I have surgery for spinal stenosis?
Spinal stenosis usually starts gradually and develops over a long period of time. It may cause pain,numbness,or weakness in the legs,which may stay the same,get better,or get worse. Because of the gradual and changing nature of spinal stenosis,you may have many questions about the right type and timing of treatment. Consider the following when making your decision: You may be able to ...
Botulinum (Botox) Injection for Low Back Pain - Topic Overview
Botulinum toxin A is a protein produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum,the same bacteria that causes botulism food poisoning. When injected into muscle in tiny amounts,botulinum A (Botox) can stop or reduce muscle spasm by blocking nerve signals to the muscle. This treatment has been used since the early 1990s to relieve severe muscle spasms around the eyes and in the neck,arms,...
Should I have magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for low back pain?
Consider the following when making your decision about having magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) : There is a good chance that your new (acute) low back pain will improve within 6 weeks-most cases do. Avoid requesting costly imaging tests for acute low back pain. They usually provide no helpful early information. If you don't have signs of a serious medical condition (such as spinal infection or ...