How to treat lower back pain?

Lower back pain is a common occurrence with most people, at some stage, experiencing it in some form. Ranging from mild to severe, lower back pain can be debilitating and severely limit our ability to function normally.

There are multiple causes of lower back pain. These include illness and chronic diseases, physical limitations and disabilities, injuries and poor posture. Disease and illness, along with disabilities, need to be treated by medical specialists with these treatments often involving medication and/ or surgery.

Lower back pain caused by poor posture, related injuries or overload can be managed in several ways before it becomes necessary to consult a physician or specialist.  It is always important to treat the cause of the pain as well as the pain itself.  However, as this can take considerable time, it is necessary to be able to manage and treat the pain in the interim in order to at least be able to function and continue with our daily activities. 

Whilst lower back pain can be eased by using over-the-counter analgesic medicine, it is not ideal to continue with oral medication indefinitely.

Other effective remedies include:

  • Deep Tissue Massage of the surrounding muscles and fascia that will bring relief from spasm and related pain. Heat packs and heat therapy will also cause muscle relaxation and an increase in blood flow and nutrients to the painful area, all of which will increase the rate of healing of the injured area. 
  • Gentle, yet effective, stretching and mobilisation of the injured area will cause spasms to relax and mobility to increase, thereby decreasing the lower back pain. 
  • Dry needling and other physiotherapy modules will assist in pain relief and relaxation.
  • Posture correction and rest will help to manage the pain. A proper sleeping position will also help the body to relax, thus further decreasing pain. 

Ibuprofen is often used as an anti-inflammatory to assist in the decrease of inflammation and pain.  However, again, the taking of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for an extended period of time may lead to other negative effects including, but not limited to, constipation.

Deep Relief Ibuprofen Gel (the only Ibuprofen Gel on the South African market) is highly effective in the treatment of pain, including that of lower back. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory that assists in pain relief and the decrease of any inflammation due to injury.  It also contains menthol that has a cooling effect on the painful area, with the cold helping to block the pain and decrease inflammation.

When compared to oral anti-inflammatory medication, topical anti-inflammatory gels such as Deep Relief were found to offer numerous benefits. As a topical gel, Deep Relief is directly absorbed at the site of injury and does not pass through the internal organs resulting in a lower incidence of gastro-intestinal side effects. The active ingredients penetrate the skin and work at the area of pain and inflammation. It is therefore very effective in the treatment of lower back pain, with many therapists applying it to painful areas after a therapy session. For those suffering from lower back pain, Deep Relief Ibuprofen Gel is available in a convenient and compact tube, ensuring that it can always be readily available for when you need it most. 

Article written by EPT – The Ultimate Sports Recovery Experts