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Symptoms can be anything from pain to stiffness, numbness, burning sensations or all of the above.

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  • Osteopaths: Osteopaths tend to use manipulation or physical therapy as a primary method of treatment due to their beliefs to how a person should be treated.
  • People that go to lift a heavier than usual object, cough, or participate in heavy sports and then experience severe pain may suffer from a herniated disk, especially if there are moving or shooting pains down one leg.
  • Acupuncture: The World Health Organization advocates acupuncture for helping people with back pain.
  • It has been suggested that back pain may occur due to a person keeping rage bottled up inside of them. This information may be useful to a psychiatrist or other mental health professional.
  • Kinesiology: A kinesiologist will be able to locate where the pain source is and be able to treat it with a variety of methods, one of which might include gentle adjustment of the neck and back.
  • Magnet Therapy: Another treatment for back pain is becoming more prevalent. This will include the use of magnets. A patient will be asked to relax on a magnetic mattress pad for some time. After doing so, the patient will actually feel better. As a matter of fact, they are now recommending this treatment for golfers.
  • Massage Therapists: Massage therapists work in a different way in order to control pain and spasms. One of the methods is to actually rub and "stretch" the tension out of the muscles. Circulation can be increased in the affected area; it is thought that this will enable the body to rid cellular debris from the area. This may hasten tissue repair and healing.
  • Back surgery should be used as a last resort and used only if one of the following four conditions are present: 1) Disk displacement (a protruded or "slipped" disk), 2) painful (or abnormal) motion of one vertebra in relation to another, 3) narrowing of the spine around the spinal cord itself from overgrowth of gone (spinal stenosis), and 4) Some cases in which misalignment of one vertebra with another (spondylolisthesis) leads to pain.
  • Chiropractors: Licensed chiropractors deal with adjusting the spine, usually using high-velocity techniques to move the neck and back into alignment. This field of method is being thought of as one of the most effective methods for helping ease back pain. Since chiropractors have not undergone the extensive education of a medical doctor, they are not qualified to prescribe medicines or conduct surgeries. An excellent chiropractor is one that will recommend a medical doctor if needed.
  • Disks can be visible with imaging procedures such as computerized tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It has been suggested, however, by Dr. Richard A. Deyo, a professor medicine and health services at the University of Washington School of Medicine and School of Public Health, that even though herniated disks may become evident, the herniated disk(s) may not be the condition that is aggravating the pain, which may lead to unnecessary surgery.
  • Orthopedic Surgeons: Whenever back pain cannot be controlled with any other method, it may be necessary to consult an orthopedic surgeon. These surgeons are considered to be medical doctors and typically prescribe painkillers, muscle relaxers, anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as bed rest and physical therapy for troublesome back pain. This is the group of medical specialists that is the most likely to recommend surgery. There is a branch of medicine called vertebroplasty for vertebral compression fractures that seems to give individuals pain relief. This is an outpatient procedure where an injection is given through the skin directly into the vertebra that is originating the pain. The injection contains a cement-like substance called methylmethacrylate. After fifteen to twenty minutes of letting the material harden, it stabilizes that part of the back that has become the weakest.
  • Physiatrists: Medical doctors that treat back pain with physical rehabilitation perform various physical therapies, modify a patient's lifestyle, and use stabilizing braces for support which all help to relieve pressure in the affected area. These doctors are not licensed to perform surgeries and usually won't recommend putting a patient in the hospital for treatment. Physiatrists do have a good track record for assisting people with back problems, that may also include herniated disks.
  • Scandinavia and the United States have reportedly done studies that indicate that smoking may worsen in disks that are generating complications.
  • Sciatica does not appear to be relieved with prescribed bed rest. The pain will still be there if you have complete rest or continue to perform your daily functions as you have had.
  • The medical physicians and specials in the medical field that now provide specialized care regarding back care and ailments has grown exponentially. It can be very confusing to choose a well-qualified specialist. The list below will help explain the options available:
  • There are studies that claim that a person will experience less pain and increased movement if they opt for chiropractic assistance than relying on hospital treatment.
  • While X-rays are almost always taken whenever there is back pain; however, only a few of the conditions actually are visible on the X-rays. For example, the X-ray will not depict a muscle strain or a herniated disk.

  • After an injury or quick movement use ice for the first 4-6 hours and the apply heat.
  • Always move around do not sit in one position for long stretches.
  • Always sit with both feet on the floor and your knees higher than your hips.
  • Drink 2 glasses of water when pain starts. You should receive relief within minutes.
  • For muscle pain in the back use a heating pad or a warm bath to ease the pain.
  • If back pain reaches into the legs and other symptoms occur for more than 72 hours consult a doctor.
  • If you have an injury and you can not move your arms and legs, or cannot feel pain or tingling and have loss of bladder or bowel control call a doctor.
  • Never pick up anything over 20lbs. And lift with your arms abdomen and legs not with your back.
  • Reduce Stress
  • See a doctor because of pain at one side of the back (small) you have a fever, and feel sick.
  • See a doctor if you have past history of cancer, bowel or bladder problems, high temperature, weight loss, and numbness in the groin or lower back.
  • Shoes that are comfortable will help with backache.
  • Sleep on your side with a pillow raising your knees 1 inch higher that your hip. Never sleep on the stomach with your head on a pillow.
  • Stay active with activities like cycling, swimming, rowing, and walking.
  • Take meats and animal protein out of your diet. Do not eat sugar, highly processed foods, gravies, and oils.
  • Use a fasting program.
  • When moving large objects always push never pull objects.
  • You need to build up the abdomen muscles to keep the muscles in the back reinforced.

Helpful nutrients for this condition.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Repairs cartilage. Fortifies tissues and muscles.

DL-Phenylalanine (DLPA)
Importance: High
Comments: Pain reliever. Caution: Pregnant or nursing women should refrain from using this product. Those who have diabetes, panic attacks, high blood pressure, or PKU should not use this product.

Importance: High
Comments: Strengthens bones. Best to use carbonate, chelate, and asporotate forms together.

Importance: High
Comments: Enhances calcium. Magnesium chelate form is recommended.

Vitamin D
Importance: High
Comments: Helps in calcium and magnesium absorption.

Multivitamin and mineral complex
Importance: High
Comments: Promotes healing. Helps in the formation of bones and connective tissue.

Beta carotene
Importance: High
Comments: Promotes healing. Helps in the formation of bones and connective tissue.

Vitamin E
Importance: High
Comments: Promotes healing. Helps in the formation of bones and connective tissue.

Silica or Horsetail
Importance: High
Comments: Provides silicon and boosts calcium uptake.

Vitamin B12
Importance: High
Comments: Helps body absorb calcium. Improves digestion. Lozenge or sublingual form is best.

Importance: High
Comments: Helps incorporate protein into the body. Aids in forming new collagen. Enhances immune system.

Importance: High
Comments: Promotes healthy nerves. Along with zinc and vitamin C, it creates elastin.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Aids in calcium uptake. Only use until you are healed, unless you are past 50.

Free-form amino acid complex
Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps repair bone and tissue.

Importance: Moderate
Comments: Helps repair cartilage and tissue in back and neck. Gluconate form is recommended.

Helpful herbs and supplements for this condition.

Horsetail and Oat Straw
Type: Internal
Purposes: These herbs are rich in silica which is needed for bone repair, cartilage, and connective tissue. They come in many forms such as , tablets, extracts, tincture, and teas.

Type: Internal
Purposes: Acts as a detoxifier and blood purifier that has been beneficial for disorders of the bones and joints. Also helpful in the treatment of arthritis.
Cautions: Not to be used if you have an auto-immune disorder or if you are pregnant.

Type: Internal/External
Purposes: Poultices made from Burdock may relieve pain and swelling from arthritis and backaches. Burdock purifies the blood and restores liver and gallbladder function and works well as a remedy for arthritis. This herb comes in many forms, tablets, extracts, tinctures and teas.

Slippery Elm
Type: Internal
Purposes: Slippery Elm is beneficial in alleviating inflammation caused by arthritis.

White Willow Bark
Type: Internal
Purposes: White Willow preparations are used to relieve pain and reduce swelling. This herb comes fresh and dried and in tablets, concentrated drops, tinctures, and extracts. Due to the risk of Reye’s syndrome, white willow preparations shouldn’t be given to children who have a fever that may be due to certain viral illnesses.