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  • Dr. Karuturi Subrahmanyam

Back pain


Back pain is a common issue that affects many people at some point in their lives. It can be caused by a variety of factors, including poor posture, muscle strain, infections, fevers and injury. In this article, we will discuss some common causes of back pain, as well as ways to alleviate it.


Back pain is very common during and after fevers and infections. Some people might get frequent back pain after recovering from recent viral infections like common cold.


Poor posture is one of the most common causes of back pain. When we sit or stand in an improper position for long periods of time, our muscles and joints can become fatigued and cause pain. To prevent this, it is important to pay attention to your posture and make sure that you are sitting and standing correctly. This means sitting with your back straight, shoulders relaxed, and feet flat on the floor. When standing, keep your weight evenly distributed on both feet, and avoid slouching.


Muscle strain is another common cause of back pain. This can occur when we lift heavy objects or engage in activities that put a lot of stress on our muscles. To prevent muscle strain, it is important to use proper lifting techniques, such as bending your knees and keeping your back straight when lifting heavy objects. Additionally, it's also important to engage in regular exercise and stretching to keep your muscles strong and flexible.


Injuries can also cause back pain. This can include injuries to the spine, such as a herniated disc or a slipped disc, or injuries to the muscles and ligaments in the back. If you have an injury, it is important to seek medical attention and follow your doctor's recommendations for treatment.


To alleviate back pain, there are several things you can do at home. Resting and applying ice to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and pain. Over-the-counter pain medications, such as ibuprofen, can also provide some relief. Additionally, gentle stretches and exercises can help improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles in your back.


Natural home remedies for back pain


There are several natural home remedies that can help alleviate back pain. Some of the most effective include:

  1. Heat and Cold therapy: Applying heat to the affected area can help relax tight muscles and reduce pain. A heating pad or a hot water bottle filled with warm water can be used for this purpose. Cold therapy, on the other hand, can help reduce inflammation and numb the area to reduce pain. You can use an ice pack or a bag of frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel.

  2. Massage: Gently massaging the affected area can help improve circulation and relax tense muscles. You can use a massage oil or lotion and use your hands or a massage tool to apply pressure.

  3. Yoga and Stretching: Gentle yoga poses and stretches can help improve flexibility and strengthen the muscles in your back. Examples of such stretches and yoga poses include child's pose, cat-cow, and downward-facing dog.

  4. Herbal remedies: Some herbs, such as willow bark, ginger, and turmeric, have anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce pain. They can be taken as supplements or used to make a tea.


It's important to note that these remedies may not work for everyone and it's always best to consult with your doctor before trying any new treatment, especially if you have any underlying medical conditions.

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