How to help your back work for you

POSTED: 3:56 PM May 07 2013   UPDATED: 1:18 PM Aug 22 2013
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By Pure Matters

Then you may wish you could return to the days when you took your back for granted and didn't have any pain. Even though you can't turn back time, you can recover from most back injuries. You can also learn how to protect your back so you'll stay mobile and comfortable in the future.

For people younger than 45, back pain is the most common cause of disability. A variety of factors can bring on this pain, says the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Poor muscle tone and being overweight strain your back. Improper twisting or lifting can send your back into spasms. Aging can make your back more vulnerable to injury. And sometimes, back pain happens for no known obvious reason.

At home

Simple home remedies can relieve most back pain. It will take some patience, but if you care for your back properly, you should feel better within six weeks after the injury.

Rest in bed as little as possible -- a few days at most, says the NINDS. Too much bed rest weakens your muscles and could slow your recovery. Get up and move around as soon as you can.

For the first two days, use ice or cold compresses. It may help to ease your back pain. Wrap a towel around a bag of ice and place it against the painful area for up to 20 minutes. You can also use a bag of frozen vegetables, which will conform to the shape of your body. If you still have pain after two days, soothe your muscles with heat. Try a heating pad on its lowest setting, take a warm shower or soak in a warm bath.

Over-the-counter pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications may also help. Either of these can reduce muscle and joint inflammation and relieve pain. Talk with your healthcare provider about the appropriate medication for you.

When to call your doctor

Your back pain may require medical attention. Call your health care provider if any of these statements apply:

Your provider will probably ask you when the pain started. It will help if you can tell your doctor what makes the pain worse and what makes it better, such as a specific activity or treatment.

Make it strong

Even if you've had back trouble, you can have a strong back. If you take care of your back, it's more likely to carry you through the day with few complaints. Here are some guidelines for strengthening this important part of your body:

Source: Pure Matters