Bounce back from lower back pain

GEHA | February 17, 2020

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Life can be a real pain in the back. Learn ways to avoid lower back pain -- and get back to your normal life.

You, as well as approximately 80% of other adults, may experience lower back pain from time to time.

If you do, remember that imaging tests – such as X-rays, ultrasounds, CT or MRI scans – are not recommended in most cases.

You, as well as approximately 80% of other adults, may experience lower back pain from time to time.

If you do, remember that imaging tests – such as X-rays, ultrasounds, CT or MRI scans – are not recommended in most cases.

In general, try treatments including:

  • Hot or cold packs
  • Physical therapy programs
  • Gentle movement, such as stretching or normal activity

Over-the-counter pain relievers can also be helpful. Consult your physician before taking any over-the-counter products in case they interact with any other medicine you’re taking.

Prevention is the best treatment

Your physician or physical therapist may suggest appropriate exercises for you to help keep your back limber and loose. Here are some other steps you can take:

  • Stand or sit straight without slouching.
  • Sleep on your side with your knees bent, which will help open joints and reduce curvature in your spine.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and maintain a healthy weight.
  • Try yoga or stretching exercises designed to strengthen your muscles and core.
  • Engage in low-impact exercising like walking or swimming.

Sources:

“Low Back Pain Fact Sheet.” nih.gov, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 13 August, 2019. https://www.ninds.nih.gov/Disorders/Patient-Caregiver-Education/Fact-Sheets/Low-Back-Pain-Fact-Sheet

“Low Back Pain.” nih.gov, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 06 January, 2020. https://medlineplus.gov/backpain.html