The Basics of Back Pain
Back pain, or lumbago, is one of the most common medical ailments. It affects 8 out of 10 people during their lifetimes. Neck pain is a lot less common, but no less problematic. Regardless, back pain can range from a dull, constant achy feeling to sudden, sharp and perhaps, stabbing, or shooting pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and lasts for either a few days or weeks. Chronic back pain lasts longer than three months and can be rather debilitating.
Sometimes back pain is caused by an accident or an injury. Other times, the cause seems to be more elusive. Some folks can treat their pain with over the counter remedies. However, at other times, prescription meds are needed. Various types of medications can be prescribed to treat back pain. These include, but are not limited to:
- Analgesics & NSAIDs
- Narcotic or Opioid Medications
- Muscle Relaxants
- Botulinum Toxin Type A and B
While most back pain tends to go away on its own with rest and relaxation, sometimes surgical or chiropractic intervention may be deemed necessary. Acupuncture has also been found to have some success in treating lumbago. However, noninvasive treatments such as medication, back braces and rest are generally preferred over invasive procedures like surgery when it comes to dealing with back pain.