Are you having problems with your back? Why does back pain occur after you have slept and awkwardly positioned in bed? Pinched nerve in the back is the experience you have when your back aches and it normally happens for those who have a past history of sports injury or car collision.
What is pinched nerve?
It is a medical term for a compressed nerve. It causes a lot of bodily destruction because when nerves are pressed, it can no longer send messages throughout the body properly. Both sensory and motor deficiency can happen.
Back pain is a motor deficiency that is caused when a pressure is directly applied to a muscle, cartilage, tissue and bone. Thus, this results to the interruption of the person’s normal body functioning. Irritation of the bones, tissues, cartilages and muscles may also cause this common problem.
Signs and Symptoms
Pain in the back is commonly manifested by a pain that usually originates at the lower part of the back that radiates down to the legs, this phenomenon is also coined as a referred pain. It can also be manifested by numbness, spastic back muscles that is usually painful, tingling and hot or cold sensations at the back.
Pinched nerve pain can be cured within 2 to 4 weeks as researchers say. But, what can we do to relieve ourselves from this kind of pain that usually affect our activities of daily living? Can we have practical ways of treating this kind of disorder? Or we should mainly focus on the proven medical interventions that are suggested to treat the pinched nerve? Well, enough worrying about such dilemma, all interventions may it be medical or practical interventions are on hand. Here are some list of tips and instruction to get rid or to manage the pain in the back:
• Give enough rest to your back. Take a warm or hot shower to relax muscle spasms.
• Alternate hot and cold compress. Sometimes ice will work better than heat; at other times, a heating pad will do a better job of relieving pain. Do experiment to determine boldly your preference and what is more effective for you.
• Refrain from straining your muscles by carrying heavy objects. Avoid activities specifically sports that cause you to make sudden jarring motions, like football, basketball, volleyball, etc.
• Massage the area that is aching. Back rubs are usually therapeutic and relieves pain even better.
• Eat foods rich in fiber because it is easily digested. This would aid bowel movement that lessens straining. Straining to defecate may cause stress to the body including your back.
• Try to incorporate various relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, imagery and focusing, using scents and fragrance, back rubs, and music therapy. This would aid in redirecting your attention from pain and may make your mind and body calm and comfortable.
• Do general range of motion exercises and stretches as tolerated.
Pharmacologic and Medical Interventions:
• Visit your family doctor, chiropractor, or neurologist for comprehensive and appropriate medical advices.
• Do physiotherapy to strengthen muscles as well reduce the signs and symptoms of the back pain.
• Take medications per physician’s advice. Medications usually include cortisone injections and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs depending on the severity and quality of the pain felt. Cortisone and NSAID’s (Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatory Drugs) as a treatment does not only provide relief from pain but also treat inflammations of the nerves being pinched or constricted. Examples of cortisones include Celestones, Kenalog and other steroid preparation. On the other hand, Aspirin and Ibuprofen are good examples of Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
• Surgery is a great last resort to decrease the building pressures caused to a nerve, thus resolving the signs and symptoms of the pain.
With the today’s trends and technology, problems such as pinched nerve pain the back need no worries at all. As you can see, there are a lot of interventions being prepared for you to use and relieve your selves from an aching back caused by a pinched nerve. All you have to do is to decide which you prefer or which you think is best. Just remember to be more responsible in choosing different interventions and it is still best to seek medical attention for a proper and appropriate management. Worry less and be happy! Let’s all say goodbye to pain.