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I have low back pain. How do I treat it ?
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Health Professional: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD) replied 8 months ago
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Health Professional: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD) replied 8 months ago

Back pain is treated as following;

1) Back care in the activities of daily living, which is an integral component of the treatment of back problems. Back education is one of the most important thing which teaches the basic body mechanics, like correct posture for standing, standing at a desk or drawing board, sitting, brushing teeth, washing the face, pushing and pulling a weight, lifting a weight, getting in and out of bed, sleeping, getting into and sitting in a car. The training for these routine activity helps in preventing the spasm of the muscles. One needs to consult an occupational therapist or physical therapist which can educate about the proper and improper behaviors when back is painful in case they have to sit, bend forward, lie down, walk, cough, or sneeze. Following more need to be done:

a) Avoid activities which increases the pain.

b) Rest intermittently

c) Avoid bending at 90 degrees

d) Pushing and pulling should be avoided till pain subsides

f) Avoid prolonged sitting and standing

g) Avoid sitting or sleeping on floor

2) Anti-inflammatory analgesics like ibuprofen, other analgesics and muscle relaxants

3) Local analgesic gels or sprays / ointment

4) Hot fomentation

5) Electrotherapy like trans cutaneous electrical nerve stimulation: done by physical therapist. Other thing are ice packs, heating pads, electrical stimulation, phonophoresis, iontophoresis, relaxation, and biofeedback.

6) Good supervised physiotherapy: The exercises consist of abdominal bracing, modified sit-ups, double-knee-to-chest or low back stretches, seat lifts, mountain and sag exercises, knee-to-elbow exercises, hamstring stretches, extension exercises, and extension flexibility exercises. Swimming exercises (pool exercises) are best for back pain. Initial stretching and later strengthening exercises are taught.

7) Lumbosacral corset or support or brace

8) If obese or over weight, reduce weight for long term benefit.

You can start the following exercises;

1) Straight leg raising: Lie on the bed with your back and remain in a relaxed position. Slowly raise one of your legs upward and keep it as straight as possible. Count up to ten, and slowly bring down the leg. Do the same with the other leg. Repeat this exercise ten times.

2) Curl ups; lie on the back with knees bent, fold arms across the chest, tilt the pelvis to flatten the back, and curl-up lifting the head and shoulders from the bed / couch. Hold for ten seconds, then slowly lower to starting position. As strength builds, aim to complete one sets of ten curls. The exercise should be done twice a day (both the sets).

This is a slide show for the exercises (you can pick up your own set, which suits you);

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/back-pain/LB00001_D

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Does low back pain have anything to do with enlarged prostrate
Health Professional: Dr. Arun Phophalia, Doctor (MD) replied 8 months ago

Enlarged prostate if causes urinary tract infection, may be responsible for the back pain, sometimes.

Usually in this, back movements are not significantly painful.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Your response has not addressed my issues. I already have all the information you sent and what i expected to receive from you are concrete solutions to my problems and not mere general information easily accessible even from Goggle. I am not satisfied at all.
Health Professional: Dr Ted Manos, Doctor (MD) replied 8 months ago
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Hello and thank you for choosing Justanswer about your concern. I'm Dr Ted Manos M.D. and I can respond but I need information about your issue. How long have you had the pain? Can you stand in line for long intervals with the back discomfort? Have you fallen in the recent past sustaining a back injury?
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