BETTER RELIEF FROM BACK PAIN
Back pain is the bane of many peoples’ lives, often preventing a good night’s sleep as well as normal day-to-day functioning. Read on for both advice and treatments available.
Most people with back pain have trouble sleeping and keeping mobile. When back pain is ongoing, the added fatigue and ill-effects of inactivity can exacerbate the problem, leaving people trapped in a seemingly never-ending cycle of pain.
Over the years there has been a radical overhaul of the way back pain is treated. In the past, the accepted response was bed rest. In most cases now however, the advice from GPs today is to keep active as resting can actually make the problem worse.
Light exercise can help break the cycle and enable normal life to continue while the back recovers and pain eases. A team of medical experts, including an osteopath, physiotherapist and GP specialising in pain management, have agreed that one of the best ways for a patient to manage their back pain themselves, if the pain is not severe or long-lasting, and no other medication has been prescribed, is with long-lasting ibuprofen available over-the-counter and by keeping the back joints mobilised through gentle activity.
With back pain easily getting in the way of a good night’s sleep, nightly ibuprofen is one of the easiest ways to alleviate the symptoms so you can get some rest. Ibuprofen works to reduce swelling as well as the pain associated with it. Long lasting Ibuprofen can be bought in the shops, and can last up to 12 hours, helping sufferers to sleep soundly right through the night while their back heals. The painkiller can also be taken during the day without drowsiness to help keep sufferers active and mobile.
Do keep in mind however, that it takes 20-30 minutes to work if taken orally. Another thing to keep in mind is that Ibuprofen is sometimes called by different brand names, though they are all the same thing. This includes Nurofen, Brufen, and Calprofen (syrup). Ibuprofen gel can be called Fenbid, Ibugel or Ibuleve.
Given the scale of the problem, it’s not surprising that seeing patients with back pain accounts for a significant proportion of GPs workloads. According to the NHS, if your pain,
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