Back pain is among the most common causes of disability throughout the world, with experts estimating that 4 out of every 5 humans experience it at least once during their lifetimes. Though popular opinion long favored prescribed treatment methods of rest and/or oral painkillers, recent research has led to a change in the medical profession’s recommended approach to treatment. Experts now believe that rest can do more harm than good and recommend regular movement and stretches to combat back pain. Additionally, the efficacy of oral painkillers has come into question while alternative treatments such as topical pain relief have gained greater legitimacy. Experts also advocate the use of cold therapy, which can be applied through a number of methods. Overall, researchers encourage people to do research on back pain and learn the truth about which treatments are backed by science and which are potentially harmful myths that will do their backs no good.
- Some back pain sufferers experience regular waves of pain, or they may have continued, enduring discomfort for years.
- Though practitioners often prescribed rest for aching backs, this oft-touted advice is being dispelled by new research.
- Study suggests that even those benefiting from oral medication can use a complementary activity that involves gentle stretching, like yoga, to good effect.
“Back pain, ranked by experts as the highest contributor to disability in the world, normally improves within a few weeks or months.”