Low back pain guide
Low back pain is one of the top reasons that Americans see their doctor. Most Americans, moreover, experience back pain at one time during their life. Many back related injuries happen at work. But, you can change that. There are many things you can do to lower your chances of getting back pain.
I. Back to BasicsStep 1: What is low back pain?Step 2: Know your back anatomyStep 3: Causes of low back painStep 4: Are you at risk?
II. First StepsStep 5: What to do when pain beginsStep 6: Seeing your doctorStep 7: What tests might be ordered?Step 8: When is low back pain a serious sign?
III. Taking Control: Treatment and PreventionStep 9: Exercise and physical therapyStep 10: Change your work habitsStep 11: MedicationsStep 12: Other treatments
Exercise: Too much, too little, just right
Drug treatment - NSAIDs
Drug treatment - COX-2 inhibitors
Drug treatment - muscle relaxants
Drug treatment - narcotics
Pain relief - acupuncture
Pain relief - chiropractic therapy
Pain relief - massage
Pain relief - osteopathy
Reducing stress may be a help
What is sciatica?
When is surgery necessary?
Exercises to maintain back health
How to lift and bend
How to prevent low back pain
Preparing for your doctor visit
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