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How Should I Treat My Back Pain?

Friday, 21 Feb 2014 10:04 AM

Question: My chiropractor says I have arthritis of the spine. What can I take to relieve the pain?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:

Arthritic changes of the spine have many causes, and not all require aggressive treatment. Are you sure your pain is from arthritis or is it related to poor posture, lack of appropriate exercise, a muscular or ligament problem caused by trauma or injury?

Any treatment recommendation would have to be based on an answer to this question, as well as other factors, such as your age, health status, and medications you may be taking.

Although osteoarthritis is by far the most common cause of chronic pain, you should visit your doctor to determine the cause of your back discomfort and what to do about it. Sometimes other underlying medical disorders may appear to be the result of arthritis of the spine.

Until you evaluated, use some moist heat or a whirlpool bath to ease your pain and avoid putting stress on your back.

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