Typical Lower Back Pain Treatments
Treatments for lower back pain will vary as much as the symptoms and causes themselves, though most often they involve a combination of rest and lower back exercises:
- Rest will provide time for injured or inflamed muscles and tissues to heal, while exercises can work to strengthen the muscles again.
- Additionally heat or ice packs can simultaneously reduce pain and inflammation respectively.
- Finally, this process can be aided with the help of over-the-counter drugs like acetaminophen to reduce inflammation.
If these options do not suffice, then patients can be prescribed opioids. The potential adverse side effects of opioids, such as hormonal imbalances, respiratory depression, dependency and/or addiction means these are a last resort treatment.