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Published on Jun 3, 2015
Three out of every four Americans will experience back pain at some point during their lifetime. Luckily, many cases of back pain are simply due to muscle strain that, with treatment, can resolve in just a few weeks. Other causes of back pain - herniated disc, injured vertebra or arthritis - can be more serious and require more complex treatment. Here are some ways to help alleviate back pain:
- Keep moving. Light activity like walking is often the best medicine for back pain. - Maintain Good Posture. Slouching or leaning can increase the pressure on your back. - Use Relaxation Techniques. Research shows that meditation, deep breathing and yoga can do wonders for your back. - Apply Ice and Heat. Cold packs and heating packs can comfort the strained area. - See a Specialist. There is no magic pill for chronic back pain. Some people need core strengthening while others may need surgery. A medical provider can help you determine what treatment is best for you.
Try these tips, but be sure to see your doctor if you’ve experienced severe trauma, if the pain is accompanied by fever or if it doesn’t improve with home treatment.