Low Back Pain: Easing Back Into Your Daily Activities - Topic Overview
Bed rest of more than a couple of days can actually make your low back pain worse and lead to other problems such as stiff joints and muscle weakness. If you do use bed rest for a short time,remember the following guidelines. Sitting up in bed puts additional pressure on the intervertebral discs. Lying on your side puts a little more pressure on the discs than lying on your back. Trying to ...
Tricyclic and tetracyclic antidepressants for low back pain
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Back problems: Proper lifting
No one is immune to back injury. Whether you have a strong back or have hurt your back before, it is well worth it to: Stop yourself before casually picking up a light or heavy load.Plan in your mind for the best way to lift what's in front of you. This could include enlisting help from one or more people.Lift and move slowly and carefully.The time you take to use the right lifting mechanics is ..
History and physical exam for low back pain
A thorough history to evaluate low back pain includes an assessment of:Pattern, intensity, and duration of the current episode of low back pain (you may be asked to complete a pain drawing to identify the sites and symptoms of pain). Make sure your doctor understands what brings on or increases your pain and what makes you feel better.Spine problems you have had since birth (congenital spine ...
Acetaminophen for low back pain
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Protecting Your Back While Sitting - Topic Overview
Slouching puts stress on your lower back and contributes to low back problems. When you sit,keep your shoulders back,keeping a slight curve in your lower back. Place a small pillow,a rolled-up towel,or a lumbar roll in the curve of your back if you need extra support. Sit in a chair that is low enough to let you place both feet flat on the floor with both knees slightly lower than your ...
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 ...
Intradiscal electrothermic therapy (IDET) for low back pain
Intradiscal electrothermic therapy (IDET) is a relatively new, minimally invasive treatment for spinal disc - related chronic low back pain.
Anesthetic or corticosteroid injections for low back pain
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Interactive Tool: Should I Consider Surgery for My Low Back Problem? - What does this tool measure?
Click here to find out whether surgery may help decrease the symptoms of a back problem.This interactive tool will not diagnose a back problem, but it will tell you whether surgery might help decrease or eliminate symptoms related to your low back problem. There is always a risk with any surgery, so most people don't want to have surgery unless there is a very good chance it will help them. While