Dr. Dan Albright discusses how to handle low back pain. What can you do at home? When should you see a doctor? Do you need surgery?
Summary of video:
What are the non-surgical treatments for low back pain? What can be done about low back pain without surgery?
Lower back pain is almost an epidemic in our country. Orthopedic surgeons see a lot of patients with back problems. Most patients with back pain do not need surgery. Surgery is always the last choice. Patients should always exhaust non-surgical treatments first.
Most people throw out their back or have arthritis problems as they get into their 40s and 50s. In most cases just walking (to keep the muscles loose) and avoiding heavy lifting for a few days and the back will get better on its own. Most back pain heals within a month. Most patients never see a doctor.
To relieve back pain use over the counter anti-inflammatories (Advil, Aleve, Aspirin). Tylenol can also help. Tylenol is not an anti-inflammatory.
Physical therapy can help. A physical therapist can teach a patient about proper mechanics for the spin, good ergonomics, proper posture and core strengthening. Core strengthening helps back pain.
Good fitness helps. Swimming can help. Stationary bike can help. Aerobic cardio exercise can help as well as weights and weight training. Fitness matters.
These are all things you can do for your back to help lower back pain and to prevent a repeat injury. But the tincture of time is the ultimate – for most people their back’s fine after a month .
For more information, contact Dr. Dan Albright at 919-863-6808.