Understand pain

UNDERSTANDING BACK PAIN

Whether back pain comes as a surprise or begins to occur on a regular basis, it can feel as though your life is being put on hold. The more you learn about back pain, the better you can manage it on your terms.

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THE GOOD NEWS IS, SOME BACK PAIN IS EASILY TREATABLE – LET YOUR DOCTOR EVALUATE YOURS.

WHAT IS BACK PAIN?

If you suffer from back pain, you’re far from alone — about 8 in 10 people will experience back pain at some point. In fact, in the United States, back pain is the number one cause of disability in men over age 45, and it’s the second most common reason people visit the doctor.

You can experience pain in the upper or lower back, the left or right side — it can even radiate from one spot to another area of the back or body. Back pain is either acute (lasting from a few days to a few weeks) or chronic (lasting for more than 3 months). Acute back pain is more common and usually caused by some type of accident, like a fall or sports injury.

8 in 10 people will experience back pain at some point.

WHAT CAUSES BACK PAIN?

There are a number of different things that can cause back pain. Some of the most common causes are :

  • Strained back muscles or ligaments.
  • Bulging or ruptured discs (cushions between the vertebrae, or spinal bones).
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Severe scoliosis.
  • Osteoporosis.

Each of these conditions are known to cause pain. See your doctor to get a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan just right for you. Aleve® is indicated for the temporary relief of aches and pains.

HOW CAN I GET RELIEF FROM BACK PAIN?

When it comes to back pain relief, there’s good news — most back pain can be treated without surgery. However, what works for one person might not work or be right for another. So, it’s important to talk to your doctor about your options. In the meantime, here are a few things that can provide back pain relief :

Rest
Rest. We know it can be challenging for go-getters to sit around and do nothing, but bed rest — for a day or two at most — can be an effective method for relieving back pain.
Exercise
Exercise and stretches. Proper exercises to strengthen the muscles around the area in pain, and stretching to keep the tendons flexible, can provide relief.
Medication
Medication. Prescription and over-the-counter medications, like Aleve®, can help ease back pain when used as directed. Just make sure you always check with your doctor before taking any medication.