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Back Pain Treatments Reviewed

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:20

 What Treatment Works? What does Not?

 

Consumer Health Reports has reviewed over 100 of the top selling treatments for Back Pain conditions and based the products on these important criterias: Effectiveness, Value, Quality, Safety, Reorder Rates, Customer Service

Consumer Health Reports has conducted research on many of the different Back Pain treatments online and over-the-counter. Below is an overview based on the results of this research. Of the 100 Back Pain treatments, we found only 3 products that are effective and would recommend. We have taken the confusion out of the shopping experience by narrowing your search to the elite products in the industry. Here is our researched list of products:

 

Top 3 Back Pain Treatments

 
Flexeril  

Back pain is an extremely common ailment. Experts estimate that 80% of people will experience some form of back pain at some time in their lives. Back pain can have many causes, from tired muscles to torn ligaments to a variety of vertebral conditions. Although most back pain is temporary and can be treated at home, it is important to check with the doctor, particularly if you have pain that does not ease in a few days.

Your doctor will determine the cause of your pain and prescribe appropriate medications. Depending on the nature of your pain, you may also face more invasive treatments such as a back brace, injections or even surgery. However, most physicians prefer to use less aggressive treatments at first, resorting to surgery only if absolutely required.

Flexeril is commonly prescribed for certain types of back pain. The medication is a muscle relaxant that can help reduce the spasms associated with sprains and strains. Flexeril is designed to be taken for only a limited period that rarely exceeds three weeks. There is a possibility of developing dependency, so consult with your doctor about longer term treatment.

Flexeril has several side effects of which you should be aware. Dizziness, lightheadedness and fatigue are among the most common, so it is important not to drive until you are sure how your body will react. Confusion and even hallucinations are rare but possible side effects as well. If you experience any unusual symptoms, tell your doctor right away.

Flexeril also interacts poorly with a wide variety of other medications, so be sure to review your full list of both prescription and over the counter medications with your doctor. In particular, Flexeril should not be taken within two weeks of discontinuing any MAOIs.

Despite the potential for side effects and drug interactions, Flexeril is a safe and effective muscle relaxant for many people. Your doctor can help you decide whether Flexeril is right for you.

 
Percocet  

Back pain is extremely common, affecting an estimated 80% of people at least once in their lives. Back pain can have many causes ranging from poor posture to arthritis, so it is important to see the doctor for a proper diagnosis. Many people find that temporary back pain can be relieved with a combination of over the counter pain relievers and exercise. For more serious pain, however, the doctor may prescribe an opiate pain reliever.

Percocet is a commonly prescribed pain reliever. It acts on pain receptors in the brain to provide relief. Percocet also contains acetaminophen, which is the active ingredient in Tylenol. Therefore, you should never take Tylenol or any other acetaminophen-containing product while taking Percocet unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Percocet is an opium derivative, which means that it can be habit forming. Never take Percocet more frequently or in higher dosages than recommended by your physician. Long-term Percocet therapy is occasionally prescribed, but only after weighing all available options.

Percocet should not be taken by those with certain medical conditions, particularly severe breathing difficulties or severe diarrhea. Be sure to review your full medical history with your doctor. You also need to disclose all prescription and over the counter drugs that you take, as Percocet may negatively interact with certain other drugs. While taking Percocet, consult with your doctor or pharmacist before adding any new prescription or over the counter medications.

Avoid driving until you know how you react to Percocet. Common side effects include drowsiness, dizziness and nausea. Always report any unusual symptoms to your doctor as soon as possible.

Percocet is not right for everyone. In many people, however, Percocet can relieve back pain and help get them back on their feet. Your doctor can help you decide whether the medication is right for you.

 
Trigger Point Injections  

Back pain is a common ailment, affecting approximately 80% of people at some time in their lives. Back pain can be caused by many different factors from poor posture to arthritis, so it is important to see the doctor for pain that does not quickly resolve. He or she will perform a series of tests to determine the cause of your pain and prescribe the best course of treatment.

A common cause of back pain is what experts call trigger points. Trigger points are muscle knots that cannot be easily relaxed. You might have soreness in that spot and/or referred pain in another location. Trigger points may result from injury, repetitive strain and poor posture, or can occur secondarily to a herniated disc or other injury.

Trigger points can sometimes be relaxed through gentle stretching, exercise, massage and postural improvement. However, more stubborn trigger points may not respond to these measures, or may have the tendency to recur. Trigger point injections can help provide relief.

In trigger point injections, corticosteroids are injected directly into the trigger point. The procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis by a back specialist or pain management doctor. In some cases, the injection may also include a numbing agent and perhaps a saline solution. The goal is to relax the spasm, improving blood flow and diminishing pain.

Trigger point injections may not work instantly. Some people feel increased pain or numbness for a few days immediately following the shot. Additionally, stubborn trigger points may take multiple injections to fully relax.

Trigger point injections are generally used in tandem with other measures such as exercise and massage. The goal is to initially relax the point, and then build muscle strength to avoid its recurrence. Your doctor can help you determine whether trigger point injections are right for you.

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