If you're one of the millions of people that suffer from back and neck pain, then you know that its one of the most debilitating pains. Not only can you not do all the things you would like to do in fear that your back might go out, but you also can't do anything when your back pain is bothering you. Well over 80% of Americans have suffered back and neck pain at least once in their life. Back pain is caused by several different things, such as pressure on the spine from vertebrate disks being out of place, nerve and muscular problems as well as arthritis. Upper, lower and middle pain symptoms include:
Aching and stiffness along the spine as well as pain from the neck to the hips,
Sharp pains in the upper or lower back, especially after strenuous activities,
An ache in the middle or lower back that is constant, especially after sitting or standing in a certain position for several hours.
If your one of the many people that have experienced back pain or are prone to back and neck aches, there are several different treatments to choose from. One of the main treatments, is to see a Chiropractor on a weekly basis. A lot of people just go once and the pain goes away instantly. Unfortunately, for problems such as this, one visit just won't do. Other treatments include:
Homeopathic remedies such as hot or cold treatments, exercise, extension exercises, stretching and aerobic exercise.
Acupuncture and trigger points
Back pain medications including NSAIDS like aspirin, ibuprofen, ketoprofen and naproxen. Acetaminophens like Tylenol, and panadol. Opioid painkillers such as codeine, morphine, Vicodin, and Percocet. There are also several other things you can take. As with any drug, even something like aspirin, please talk to your doctor before you take it. Some of these drugs can't be used continually whereas others can have side effects such as nausea and dizziness.
Other treatments including aspirin or yoga. Aspirin is muscle relaxer but it also helps with the inflammation that can happen in your spine and back area. Yoga on the other hand, not only strengthens your back and neck but it also "stretches" your spine.
Some of the best sites that you can visit are WebMD, MEDLINEplus, and MayoClinic for more information on what causes back pain and how to cease it. If you wish to pursue one of the treatments above, please speak to your Doctor beforehand. I wish you luck in finding the right solution for your neck or back pain. I know how hard it is to live with such a horrible pain!