Finding Relief From Back Pain

Is Your Back Killing You?

While the pain in your back more than likely isn't really killing you, it might be so bad that you feel like it could. Were you hurt while playing sports? Maybe you were injured on the job. Or, it might be that you are a homemaker and you hurt your back while doing heavy chores right in your own home. No matter the reason that your back is experiencing tremendous pain, from trying at-home treatments yourself to arranging for chiropractic treatment, here are some ideas that might help you.

Things You Can Try Yourself - You've probably already tried over-the-counter pain medicine and while that may have brought temporary relief, it is unlikely to solve the problem. Have you tried soaking in a bath that contains Epsom salts? What about ointments that contain things like pain killers? 

If you can manage it, consider taking time to just rest your back. When you do that, you might want to try using ice compresses and then alternating them with a heating pad. Just think of the things that you did that brought the pain on in the first place. Don't do those for a while. For example, if you think you hurt your back while practicing your best basketball throws, give yourself a rest. If you have been bent over while creating a handmade quilt, think of putting that project away. Later, you can work on it for shorter intervals.

Arrange For Chiropractic Treatment - If you tried everything you could think of yourself, and your back is still causing you major pain, think about going to a reputable chiropractor. If you've been to a chiropractor in the past, you more than likely experienced relief. If you've never been to a chiropractor in the past, you'll probably be amazed at how he or she can help you.

Your first visit might feel very similar to visits to your family doctor. You will have to fill out a mountain of questionnaires that include all of your medical history and how you injured your back. One form will require you to circle the portion of your body that hurts on a picture of a body. And, on a scale of 1 - 10, you might be asked to determine how intense your pain is. That might even be done with funny faces that show a smile for no pain and a miserable expression for intense pain.

The chiropractor will have the training and the experience to do manipulations that could cause some pain. However, those very manipulations might bring you tremendous relief. In addition to the manipulations, electronic treatments will more than likely be used to give you relief.