Low back pain is an extremely common problem that is often poorly managed. Back pain is a particular challenge because it is so common, demanding of medical resources and a major cause of physical, psychological and social disability. Most back pain is simple and self-limiting but it is important to recognize that which is not.
Pain in the lower back or low back pain is a common concern, affecting up to 80% of Americans at some point in their lifetime. Many will have more than one episode. Low back pain is not a specific disease, it is a symptom that may occur from a variety of different processes. In up to 85% of people with low back pain, despite a thorough medical examination, no specific cause of the pain can be identified.
Back pain can have many reasons, but often no specific cause will be found and the pain will not stop. Please be sure to discuss your individual symptoms as well as the suggested treatments with your health-care professional to determine the appropriate diagnostic and treatment plan for your circumstances.
- Low back pain is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost days at work. It is also one of the most common reasons to visit a doctor’s office or a hospital’s emergency department. It is the second most common neurologic complaint in the United States, second only to headache.
- For most people, even those with nerve root irritation, their symptoms will improve within two months no matter what treatment is used, even if no treatment is given.
- Doctors usually refer to back pain as acute if it has been present for less than a month and chronic if it lasts for a longer period of time.
Garlic Milk is an effective remedy for relieving back pain caused by sciatica. It helps to reduce inflammation in the sciatic nerve and works as an analgesic that relieves the excruciating pain.
- Take 4 garlic cloves and mince them very finely.
- Heat 200 ml of milk on medium heat and add the minced garlic to it.
- Let the milk boil for a few minutes and add some honey to sweeten it.
- Drink the milk while it’s still warm.
You can also try:
Acupuncture is an alternative treatment were hair-fine needles are inserted at specific points of your body. It stimulates energy flow and improves nerve function. Some people get relief after just one session, but for most people it takes a few sessions.
Further reading: acupuncture is gaining more and more popularity and it can be used to treat many conditions, such as relieving migraines, stimulating lymph flow, treating stress, and even quitting smoking.
Ice packs (or a package of frozen peas wrapped in a towel) work great to find instant relief. Apply for 20 minutes on the affected area every two hours until pain disappears.
As always if you have severe symptoms consult your doctor.