Back Pain

What are natural treatments for back pain?

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  • AMehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
    Dr. Oz - Back Pain
    Sitting for long periods of time can lead to terrible lower back pain. In this video, Dr. Oz shares how a “butt pillow” can take pressure off the nerves and relieve pain symptoms.
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  • ALangston Holly, MD, Neurosurgery, answered on behalf of UCLA Health

    Prevention is the most natural treatment for back pain:  exercise, staying in shape, maintaining a good weight, and being aware of your posture when you’re standing, sitting, or doing your activities of daily living to help avoid overstressing your back.

  • ARonald Tolchin, DO, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, answered on behalf of Baptist Health South Florida

    There are a number of natural treatments for back pain that don't involve surgery or medications, although you should always consult with your doctor before initiating any therapy.

    Your physician can assist in starting you on a physical therapy program, which can include massage, traction and light weights for strengthening.

    Back pain is one of the most common reasons that people see a chiropractor. A doctor of chiropractic manipulates the soft tissues and can help with exercises and health counseling.

    Acupuncture is another alternative treatment. It involves inserting sterilized stainless steel needles into the skin at specific points.

    Yoga exercises provide relaxation and stretching techniques that can be very helpful for relieving stress, which can aggravate back problems.

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  • AJacob Teitelbaum, Integrative Medicine, answered
    In most cases of back pain, there is a mix of causes occurring. Because of this, it is reasonable to do the below in combination.

    Lifestyle Advice:
    • If it hurts, don't do it.
    • Lift from the waist.
    • Stretch and do Yoga.
    • Use hot compresses, hot baths, massage.
    • Sleep on a medium firm mattress instead of a firm mattress (as feels best to you).
    Manipulation & Physical Therapy:
    • Get chiropractic and osteopathic manipulation - these are much more effective than you'd receive from most M.D.s.-  Massage and body work.
    • Physical therapists. Find one familiar with Dr. Travell's "trigger point" and "Spray and Stretch" techniques (most are not).
    • Prolotherapy. These benign injections into muscles/ligament areas around the spine can strengthen them and be very helpful for chronic pain
    Nutritional Supplements:
    Use the following together for six weeks to see the full effect (though benefits are often seen in one week or earlier). They can then be used as needed. They can also be added to back pain medications.
    • A general multi-nutrient supplement.
    • Glucosamine sulfate 750 mg twice a day.
    • MSM 2,500-3,000 mg a day.
    • Anti-inflammatory herbal mix containing willow bark, boswellia and cherry.
    The following 3 can be used together.
    • Lidoderm patches (basically novocaine in a skin patch)is very safe and helpful.
    • Skelaxin is a good, non-sedating muscle relaxant.
    • Ultracet for pain (may be addictive, but uncommon).

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  • AJames Dillard, MD, Integrative Medicine, answered
    Dr. James Dillard - What are natural treatments for back pain?
    Medical physician pain specialist Dr. James Dillard discusses some natural treatments for back pain. Watch Dr. Dillard's video for tips and information on pain management and integrative medicine.
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  • AAndrea Pennington, MD, Integrative Medicine, answered
    Dr. Andrea Pennington - What are natural treatments for back pain?
    Watch as Dr. Andrea Pennington provides recommendations on natural treatments for back pain.
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