Lower Back Pain Relief

Anticonvulsants are drugs that are primarily used to treat seizures. However, they may also be useful in treating certain types of nerve pain and may also be prescribed with analgesics.
Antidepressants, particularly tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline and desipramine, have been shown to relieve pain (independent of their effect on depression) and assist with sleep. Antidepressants alter levels of brain chemicals to elevate mood and dull pain signals. Many of the new antidepressants, such as the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are being studied for their effectiveness in pain relief.
Opioids, such as codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine, are often prescribed to manage severe acute and chronic back pain, but should only be used for a short period of time and under a physician's supervision. Side effects of opioids can include:
  • Drowsiness
  • Decreased reaction time
  • Impaired judgment
  • Potential for addiction.
Many specialists are convinced that chronic use of these drugs is detrimental to the person with back pain, adding to depression and even increasing pain.
(Click Back Pain Medication for more information on this method of providing lower back pain relief.)

Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Low Back Pain Relief

When back pain does not respond to more conventional approaches, people may consider the following complementary and alternative therapies for relieving lower back pain:
  • Spinal manipulation
  • Acupuncture
  • Biofeedback
  • Interventional therapy
  • Traction
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation
  • Ultrasound.
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