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Back Pain Treatment: Treatment, Procedure, Cost and Side Effects

Last Updated: Jul 05, 2024

What is the treatment?

The term back pain can refer to any pain that occurs in any area of the back. The pain can be caused by numerous reasons, ranging from harmless ones that can be cured within a day to serious conditions that need proper treatment and medical care. The best way to determine the reason why you have back pain is to speak to a medical professional so that you can also find out the right course of treatment and any lifestyle changes that you might need to make.

One of the most common reasons for back pain is a bad sleeping position. Sometimes, when you sleep on a bed that isn’t entirely ergonomic, or in a way that twists your back in an odd position, you can wake up with stiffness and pain. In this case, the right course of treatment is to use a medical spray or ointment that kills muscular pain. These can be bought without a doctor’s prescription.

An injury to your back or a spinal injury can also lead to back pain. In this case, the pain becomes an ailment that is a part of your life. The treatment then includes a combination of medicines, lifestyle changes, and physiotherapy. The pain will come and go and your treatment options will depend on the overall severity and duration of the pain.

How is the treatment done?

When you suffer from back pain, it is important to visit a doctor. This is because the back pain can be caused by an underlying condition with your back or spine, and it is important to treat the same. Your doctor will advise you to get a few tests done, such as an MRI, an X-Ray, and a blood test in order to rule out any other conditions. If the back pain is due to an injury you had once suffered or an issue with your spine, such as a slipped disk, then you will need medical care and attention.

For moderate back pain, you can use oral pain killers or pain sprays in order to numb the pain. These are available over the counter and can be bought and used as per your convenience. However, if you suffer from extremely severe pain, then your doctor will give you prescription pain killers that are very strong and can help you effectively. These can only be bought with a prescription and must be used as per the doctor’s instructions.

Often, when it comes to back pain, physiotherapy is an important part of the treatment. Through physiotherapy sessions, you can learn exercises that will help stretch your back muscles in a way that controls and manages the pain. These sessions are highly effective and vital as a part of treatment. They should not be ignored. You can schedule a session anytime you sense the pain growing stronger and a need for physiotherapy to aid you through the problem.

Who is eligible for the treatment? (When is the treatment done?)

Whether you suffer from mild pain or severe pain, seeking treatment for your back is vital. This is because the slightest issue can grow into a major problem, altering your way of life.

Who is not eligible for the treatment?

If your back pain is caused due to a different medical condition and is essentially a form of referral pain, then seeking treatment that is designed for back pain will not help you. It may momentarily numb the pain, but it will certainly return to indicate that something is wrong.

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Are there any side effects?

Strong prescription pain killers come with side effects. They can make you drowsy, confused, sleepy, and even forgetful. Therefore it is important to ensure that you do not drive a vehicle or operate any heavy machinery while you are on the medication.

What are the post-treatment guidelines?

In order to control and manage back pain, there are certain lifestyle changes that need to be made. One of the most important ones is to always be cognizant of your posture and the way you sit. You will be encouraged to get ergonomic chairs so that your back is always straight and well supported as you work. Similarly, sleeping on a hard mattress as opposed to an extremely soft one can also be really good for your back. Avoiding heavy lifting and exercising on a regular basis can also help you.

How long does it take to recover?

Back pain can be a lifelong ailment. Therefore, there is no set recovery period. The pain itself can disappear within 30 minutes to 45 minutes of taking the medication.

What is the price of the treatment in India?

Physiotherapy sessions can range in price from Rs. 1,500 – Rs. 5,000 per hour, depending on where you get the treatment done.

Are the results of the treatment permanent?

Back pain is a lifelong ailment therefore, the results can never truly be permanent. Finding the treatment that works best for you and using it per your needs is the best way to manage this problem.

What are the alternatives to the treatment?

There are certain home remedies that you can use in order to control and manage your pain. A hot compress and cold compress are both really good for muscular pain. You can use whichever works better on you. Acupuncture can also be quite helpful with most muscular pains. Using a hot water bottle on your back can also help take the pain away.

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Written ByDr. Rohit Chakor Fellowship in Joint Replacement & Arthroscopy,Fellowship in Knee and Hip Replacement,MBBS,Fellowship in Trauma and Arthroplasty,Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement Surgery,DNB (Orthopedics),DNB - Orthopedics/Orthopedic SurgeryOrthopaedics
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