Back Pain Remedies
The remedies indicated for back pain should only be used if they are prescribed by the doctor, since it is important to know first the cause that is at its origin, and if the pain is mild, moderate or severe, so that the treatment is as effective as possible.
However, in some cases, the person may take an analgesic or anti-inflammatory, if he is able to identify the reason why he has this pain, which may have happened because he slept in an uncomfortable position, or because he was sitting at the computer for a long time in a incorrect position, having lifted weights or having practiced a particular exercise that led to muscle pain, for example.
The medications that are usually prescribed by the doctor for back pain are:
- Analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs, which are the first-line drugs for the treatment of back pain, such as ibuprofen, naproxen, diclofenac or celecoxib, indicated for mild to moderate pain;
- Analgesics, such as paracetamol or dipyrone, for example, indicated for mild pain;
- Muscle relaxants, such as thiocolchicoside, cyclobenzaprine hydrochloride or diazepam, which can also be sold in combination with analgesics, such as Bioflex or Ana-flex, which help to relax the muscle and reduce pain;
- Opioids, such as codeine and tramadol, which are prescribed when the pain is more severe, and in some cases very severe, the doctor may recommend even stronger opioids, such as hydromorphone, oxycodone or fentanyl, for example, for a short time period of time;
- Tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, generally prescribed for chronic pain;
- Cortisone injections, in cases where other medications are not sufficient to relieve pain.
These remedies can be used to treat pain in the lumbar, cervical or dorsal spine and the dosage must be established by the doctor, according to the cause of the pain in the spine. Know the causes and how to treat back pain.
Home remedies for back pain
An excellent home remedy for back pain is to make a hot compress, as the heat relaxes the muscles and activates blood circulation in the region, decreasing the pain.
A great natural solution to complement the treatment of back pain is ginger tea or compress, due to its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and vasodilating properties. To make the tea, you must put about 3 cm of ginger root in 1 cup of water and let it boil for 5 minutes and then strain, let it cool and drink it up to 3 times a day. To make the ginger compress, just grate the same amount of ginger and apply it on the back area, covering with gauze, for 20 minutes.
Tips for Relieving Back Pain
Other tips to relieve back pain include:
- Rest, lying down and face up, with your legs straight, slightly raised, with no pillow on your head and with your arms extended along your body;
- Take a bath or shower with hot water, letting the water fall into the place of pain;
- Get a back massage.
These measures may be sufficient to treat back pain or they may complete treatment with the medications prescribed by the doctor.