Back pain is one of the most common problems Americans face. If your back pain is preventing you from doing your daily tasks or participating in the activities you enjoy, it is time to see a doctor.
If your back pain isn’t too bothersome, here are a few at-home remedies that may be able to give you relief.
OTC Topical Preparations
Topical pain relievers that contain capsaicin and lidocaine can help block the sensation of pain. They come in the form of gels, creams, ointments, or patches. Research suggests that topical medication is as effective as oral medication.
Back pain can occur due to a tense muscle. Massaging the muscle is one way to loosen up the tension and relieve pain. It is best to ask someone else to do this. Use essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint, and spearmint to boost relief and relaxation. Make sure to dilute the essential oils with carrier oil to avoid harming your skin. Using a tennis ball to massage the back can also reduce tension, improve circulation, and stimulate the production of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.
Magnesium Salt Bath
Relaxing in a warm water bath (between 92 and 100°F) with magnesium sulfate, which you can buy as Epsom salt, can also relieve back pain. The salt reduces swelling and inflammation that can cause back pain and also relaxes back muscles. A 20-minute soak can ease your symptoms significantly.
Stretching the back muscles as well as the hamstring muscles is another way to relieve pain. Stretches will not only loosen up muscles but will also strengthen them.
There are many different ways to stretch the back muscles. Stretch your lower back by lying on your back and pulling your knees up to your chest. Slowly move your head forward to stretch the lower part of your back. Stretching your hamstring muscles can also relieve back pain. If the hamstring muscles are tight, the back muscles also become stressed. To stretch the hamstring muscles, stand up and slowly bend forward at the waist while keeping the legs straight. Let the arms hang loose and carefully reach for the toes. You should feel a stretch in the back of your thighs. To do this safely, please consult a doctor or physical therapist.
At-home back pain treatment options are only good for acute back pain. If your symptoms do not improve and have lasted several weeks, please see an orthopedic surgeon for treatment. Back pain that lasts could be due to problems with the spine.
Back Pain Treatment in Dover, NJ
Our orthopedic specialists at Orthopedic Associates of West Jersey are experts in treating neck and back pain. Our doctors have advanced training in sports medicine and spine surgery. This allows us to offer more treatment options than other providers. In our West Jersey orthopedic clinic, we treat a wide range of conditions that may arise from sports or work. To make an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons, call (973) 989-0888, or use our online request form. We look forward to helping ease your back pain symptoms.