Lumbar Spine Pain TreatmentYou can suffer from pain in your lumbar spine from an acute injury to the spine or from improper posture.  Wear and tear on the lumbar spine can also resulting lumbar spine pain.

Lumbar pain is defined as pain in the spine that occurs in the lower part of the back.

Lumbar Spine Pain Treatment

Fortunately, there are things you can do that will decrease your pain and increase the chances of being able to perform your normal activities again.  Some of these things include the following:

1. The Application of Ice

You can put an ice pack on your lower back to relieve the pain, particularly if you apply the ice within 48 hours after any injury or as soon as the pain begins in the lower spine. You may purchase an ice pack at your local drug store or pharmacy.  If you can’t get to the pharmacy, you can simply use ice cubes wrapped in a Ziploc bag or a bag of frozen vegetables applied to the lumbar spine.

The ideal way to use ice is to apply the ice for 30 minutes at a time, allowing an additional 30 minutes of rest before applying the ice again. Make sure you use a cloth or towel between your lumbar spine and the ice pack so that you don’t freeze the skin.  Ice will reduce the inflammation in the back, which directly affects the amount of pain you experience in the lumbar spine.

 

2. The Application of Heat

Heat is best used after 48 hours following the injury.  Heat can be used in the form of a commercial heating pad that is applied to the painful areas of the lumbar spine.  You can use an electric heating pad you can purchase online.

If you have recurrent lumbar spine pain, it may be cost effective to purchase an FIR heating pad or far infrared ray heating pad.  This is a special kind of heating pad that tends to go deeper into the spinal tissues to relieve pain caused by deep muscle spasm.

Regardless of the heating pad you use, you need to put the heating pad on for only about 30 minutes at a time.  Allow the back to cool down for 30 minutes before putting the heating pad on for an additional 30 minutes.

Heat increases the circulation to the affected area, which has the effect of releasing spasm in the muscles, which decreases the sensation of pain.  Like the application of ice, you need to use a cover or cloth between the electric heating pad and the skin so you don’t burn the skin during the heat treatments.

 

3. Using NSAID Therapy

NSAID therapy is also referred to as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication therapy.  It involves the use of over the counter pain relievers or prescription pain relievers that act to decrease the inflammation of the skin so that the sensation of pain is decreased.

Common NSAIDs used in this type of therapy include ibuprofen (marketed as Advil and Motrin) and naproxen sodium (marketed as Aleve).  Be sure to take these medications with food as they can upset the stomach if taken on an empty stomach. Always consult your doctor taking any kind of medication.

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