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Combat back pain

Leading back doctor Hamilton Hall offers the following tips for dealing with back pain:

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Stay out of bed. Inactivity only makes things worse.

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  Keep moving as much as your pain will permit. Surprisingly, in most cases, the more you move, the less it hurts.
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Stretching, particularly in directions that reduce the pain, is the right thing to do and do early.

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  Try simple counter-irritants: an ice pack, a hot pack, or whatever makes you feel better.
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Most back attacks will resolve by themselves within a few weeks - even faster if you keep moving and stretching.

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If you need a pain reliever, non-narcotic, non-prescription medication is usually adequate.

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For the acute episode, massage or manipulation may interrupt the attack.

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Good posture helps a lot. Keep the natural curve in your low back when you sit; use a lumbar roll.

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Most back pain is benign, mechanical and self-limiting. Don't panic.

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Always remember, with the back, "hurt" does not equal "harm".

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Good posture helps a lot. Keep the natural curve in your low back when you sit; use a lumbar roll.

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The spine is very strong and very well protected. It takes a great deal of trauma to cause serious injury.

This site is intended for informational purposes only — it is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you have specific questions about specific symptoms, treatments or issues see your medical professional.