A Guide To Back Pain Medication
Back pain is a pain in the back, literally. Learn how to medicate it correctly by watching this guide by VideoJug.
My name is Dirk Laubscher. I've been a physiotherapist for over the last 10 years and working in Harley Street for the last 6. Today, I'm going to talk to you guys about the causes and the management of back pain.
Okay, a guide to back pain medication. Now, again medication, I believe, is only there to help you in the initial stages of back pain. When you have an acute episode, for example, you've just hurt your back.
That's what acute means. It means, you bend down, you pick something up, and your back went and you can't straighten up. You've got severe pain, pain going down your leg, for example, and it's a thing that happens like right now and up to 24 hours.
What I believe is, well if you go to a GP, usually they give you Paracetamol and they send you away with that which is, for me, very poor, poor management to be frank. What else? What also works for back pain medication is Voltaril which the active ingredient is Dicloflenac. It's anti-inflammatory and it always, always works very well with acute pain.
Also, some people need muscle relaxants, for example, Diazepam. Diazepam gets prescribed by medical practitioners. It helps the muscles to relax, also your body to relax.
Also, Amitriptyline, which is actually an anti-depressant, but given for pain and treatment, it's very effective if taken at night. And then also, with things like a severe disc bulge or disc lesion, where the actual disc has pushed on the nerve causing you back pain, a lot of, if it gets to that point, practitioners can also inject steroids into the back. It's usually done under x-ray and they usually inject the layer above and below where the pain is coming from.
What they do is they saturate that area with anti-inflammatory steroids. The only function or the only purpose is to actually kill the inflammation where that disc is pressing on the nerve. But in general, for just a little bit of backache, some people just prefer to take Paracetamol.
You know it works, but again, you have to realize that medication is only there to mask the symptoms. And also, it's there to get you through the day. And you have to realize that it doesn't cure back pain.
It will never cure back pain, and that's a big myth. People think that they have to take drugs for the rest of their life for back pain. I think a lot of people get the wrong advice from their medical practitioners.
They are told to live with pain, they're going to have to live with it, there's nothing they can do about it. And in that instance, I feel the national health is letting a lot people down because that's their advice they give their patients. I can tell you, there are hundreds of patients that has been sitting in front of me and told me that they were told to live with it and they were given Paracetamol, Nurofen and they were sent home, and it's already been a year, two years, five years, ten years even that they've been on these drugs with no real help.
So, again, just a recap, drugs are very good for acute pain. What gets prescribed: Dicloflenac, Voltaril, with Paracetamol. If you need something stronger, they use Tramadol which is also not over the counter, you need a prescription for that.
They usually work very, very good to help with pain. Then, the possibility with injections, you can have as well where they inject steroids into your spine. Like I said, just lastly to recap, the guide to medications for back pain, usually you're prescribed Paracetamol and you can get Nurofen in acute stages of back pain.
Please remember that it is only effective for acute symptoms and it shouldn't be used for years on end. And then obviously, prescription medications: Tramadol, Amitriptyline, Diazepam and all those things are there to help you. But again, it should be a short-term thing and not a long-term thing.