Back pain from osteoarthritis can make a person feel helpless, but steps can be taken at home to ease pain and improve spine function.
There are many ways patients might ease arthritic back pain. Patients may need an initial consult with a doctor or physical therapist regarding what activities and specific exercises are safe and potentially beneficial.
A little discomfort is to be expected as stiff joints loosen up in the morning or at the beginning of exercise. However, moderate to serious back pain is a signal that the spine, surrounding muscles and other soft tissue need a rest.
For example, people with low back pain may benefit from curling up on a firm mattress for a couple of hours (the fetal position takes pressure of the facet joints). When pain is extreme, a person may require 1 to 2 days of rest.
Heat and Cold Therapy
Using a warming pad or whirlpool for a few minutes can loosen a stiff back and make activity easier. Icing the back for 15 or 20 minutes after activity can decrease swelling and provide quick pain relief.
These temporary treatments will not alleviate the underlying causes of back pain or improve long-term joint function.
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