Back pain remedy: cold
Icing is key when you are experiencing lower back soreness and/or pain, shares Jennifer L. Solomon, MD, a physiatrist at the Hospital for Special Surgery and an Assistant Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. “It is also critical post exercise to reduce inflammation and promote pain control.” If you are experiencing radiating pain into the lower extremities, continue to ice the lower back rather than the legs, she says. The US National Library of Medicine backs up this advice, suggesting that individuals use ice for the first 48 to 72 hours, then switch to heat.These are 10 surprising reasons your back hurts.
Back pain remedy: heat
Heat should be your go-to after a weekend warrior move gone wrong, such as over-aggressive mulching in your garden or an injury form moving furniture, says Justin J. Park, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon with The Maryland Spine Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. “Strains and pulls respond better to heat.” Heat helps to ease the strained muscle and reduce tension and can help to increase range of motion and reduce pain. Don’t let the heating pad get too hot and don’t use it for more than an hour or so at a time. The heat can hurt your skin, leading to more problems. Here’s how heat therapy works to make you feel better.