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When you suffer from chronic low back pain, you want the best pain reliever for back pain that you can get.  Fortunately, there are several ways to relieve back pain.  One of the ways is bound to control your pain so you can get around and do the things you need to get done.

Best Pain Relievers for Back Pain

You can always take medication for back pain.  Nonprescription choices include ibuprofen (marketed as Advil or Motrin), naproxen sodium (marketed as Naprosyn or Aleve), and acetaminophen (marketed as Tylenol).  While all of these are pain relievers, the ibuprofen and naproxen sodium are perhaps a bit better for back pain because the relieve pain as well as inflammation, whereas the acetaminophen only addresses the pain threshold.

Always consult a doctor before taking any medication.

Ice as a Pain Reliever

You can always apply ice to the low back.  This limits you in some ways in that you have to stay still while the ice is on your back.  Ice is good for inflammation and swelling and can get rid of back pain, especially right after you have had an injury.  You can use a commercial ice pack from the freezer, a bag of crushed ice in a waterproof plastic bag, or even a bag of frozen vegetables from the freezer.

All you need to do is put the ice pack on the area of the back that is causing you pain. The cold seeps into the tissues, and relieves the pain and inflammation of the tissues of the back. You keep the ice pack on for thirty minutes and then let the tissues warm up while the ice pack is cooling down in the freezer.

Heat as a Pain Reliever

If your back pain is chronic or at least 48 hours old, heat may be a better choice for the relief of back pain.  Chronic pain is often from muscles in the back that have gone into spasm, causing chronic pain in the back.  A heating pad can be placed on the low back as you lie back on it or stuff it into the waist of your back.  The heat will relieve the muscle spasm so that you can have relief of your pain and increased mobility of your back.

Alternate Hot and Cold Treatment

Sometimes ice is alternated with heat after 48 hours post injury.  All you need to do is put the ice on for thirty minutes to relieve the inflammation and then switch to the heating pad after the thirty minutes is up.  You keep the heat on your back for another thirty minutes to relieve the muscle spasm and then go back to the ice after that.  This can be done indefinitely as long as you continue to have pain in the back.

FIR Heat The Best Reliever?

Perhaps the best pain reliever for back pain is a far infrared ray heat (FIR heat) heating pad.  This is a special heating pad you purchase over the internet or at a medical supply store. It is plugged into the wall like a regular heating pad but gives of far infrared ray heat instead of thermal heat.

This goes deeper into the tissues so the deeper muscles in spasm can be reached and can have relief of the spasm.  This is a more expensive way to treat back pain but if you have chronic low back pain or other kinds of pain, it is worth the investment and can be taken out and plugged in anytime you have pain.


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