What to Do For Back Pain - How To Manage Back Pain and Neck Pain
By Anne Asher, About.com Guide
- Manage Your Lower Back Pain
- How to Deal with Pain In Your Neck
- Ways to Relieve Upper Back Pain
- Chronic Spine Pain Management
- Managing Kid's Back Pain
- Acute Back Pain Management
- Product Reviews
- Manage Back Pain at Work
- Sleeping With Neck or Back Pain
- Back Exercise
- Posture and Back Pain
- Holistic Therapies
- Back Pain and Emotional Health
- Back Talk - Community Connection
- Manage Back Pain Around The House
- Manage Back Pain On The Go
- Daily Spine
- Prevent Back Pain and Neck Pain
Manage Your Lower Back Pain
Low back pain is the most common type of back pain, and one of the most common health issues overall. Spine and back doctors are not always able to accurately identify what causes your low back pain. So how can you get pain relief for your lower back? Read on for some ideas, facts, perspectives and community connection on management of low back pain.
- VENT - Share Your Frustrations With Sciatica
- Take Your Low Back Health Into Your Own Hands
- Obesity and Low Back Pain
How to Deal with Pain In Your Neck
If chronic neck pain nags you regularly, you may find the strategies here are helpful for managing the pain. Learn about the most common neck problems and how to reduce or even eliminate your neck pain while you work at your computer, when you're on the go and when you're at home. You'll also have an opportunity to swap stories with others dealing with neck pain.
- Common Neck Injuries
- Protect Your Neck From Injury
- Don't Let Your Video Display Terminal Cause Neck Pain
Ways to Relieve Upper Back Pain
Upper back pain - also known as t-spine pain or thoracic spine pain - is often related to posture, although it may also be due to a back injury or condition. Learn more about upper back pain, including exercises, stretches and lifestyle changes in this section.
- Do an Upper Back Posture Exercise
- Stretch Your Upper Back
- Massage Your Neck and Shoulders - Trapezius Muscle
- Get The Sore Spot - The Levator Scapula Muscle
Chronic Spine Pain Management
Sometimes an acute back injury becomes chronic spine pain. This may happen if you don't get your back injury treated early. Early treatment of an acute spinal injury is a great way to avoid long term chronic spine pain. But if you have a chronic back problem, you likely need ways to live with it and keep your quality of life.
- Living With Chronic Neck Or Back Pain
- Be In Charge Of Your Pain
- Pain Management Medicine
- Keep A Pain Chart
- Stay Functional
Managing Kid's Back Pain
Studies show that addressing back pain early on in childhood decreases the risk later in life. But how do you know if your child has pain? Or if they complain about pain, should you take it seriously? What kinds of spinal problems affect kids the most. This section has the information.
- Should You Screen Your Child For Scoliosis?
- What Is The Cobb Angle?
- Scoliosis Stapling
- How To Detect Scoliosis In Your Child
- Spondylosis - Child Athlete's Injury
- Catch Your Child's Back Pain Early
- Meningitis - When A Stiff Neck is More Than A Stiff Neck
- Take The Meningitis Awareness Quiz
- Cheerleading Injuries
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy
Acute Back Pain Management
Acute back pain means back pain that comes on suddenly, often because of an injury. Acute back pain is also the first stage of the injury, and as such must be managed with special care. In this section, you can learn how to deal with an acute back injury or neck injury and what to do when you get back or neck pain. What your first response should be.
- Acute Low Back Pain
- Quiz - Do You Know What to do When You Get Back Pain?
- Get Your Acute Back Injury Checked
- At Home Therapies for Neck Or Back Pain
- Ice For Acute Back or Neck Injury
- First Aid For Serious Neck Injury
There are so many products on the market that tout the ability to relieve your neck or back pain, how do you know which to purchase? When you need a little help deciding, check out this section.
- T-Tapp - Is It Safe For Your Back?
- Spinal Stretch - Home Traction Unit
- 9 Spine Books Not To Miss
- Yoga For Osteoporosis
- Thermacare Wrap
Manage Back Pain at Work
Does work contribute to your neck or back pain? With the digital age upon us, you may find you have a lot more neck pain, shoulder pain or low back pain. And if you do a lot of lifting and other manual tasks, you are vulnerable to a back injury. This section is meant to help you avoid and manage work related back or neck pain.
- Improve Your Desk Posture
- The 3 Worst Moves For Your Back
- Lifting Heavy Objects Without Straining Your Back - Step-by-Step
- Neck and Shoulder Pain from Your Monitor
- Reader Story - That D-rn Computer!
- Work Break Ideas for Saving Your Neck And Back
- Exercise Ball Office Chairs and Back Pain
- Do Back Stretches At Your Desk
- Work Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
- How Far Away Should You Be From Your Computer?
- Find the Right Computer Desk Height
Sleeping With Neck or Back Pain
Only someone with back or neck pain really understands how difficult it is to get a good night's sleep with this condition.
- Morning Back Stretches
- Get Out of Bed - or Up From The Floor - Safely
- 10 Tips For Sleeping With Pain
- What Is A Microarousal?
- Chronic Pain and Sleep Disturbance
- 6 Sex Tips for People With Back Pain
- Sex Positions For Specific Back Conditions
- Enjoy Sex While Healing Your Back
Studies show that fit people have less back pain. This section is the place to go for accurate, up to date information on using exercise to manage or reduce your pain.
- Will Losing Weight Reduce Your Back Pain?
- Is It Safe To Go To The Gym When Your Back Acts Up?
- Easy On The Back - Water Exercise
- Beginner's Water Exercise Routine
- Types Of Back Exercise Programs
- What Is Dynamic Stabilization Exercise?
- Core Strengthening For A Healthy Back
- Pilates and Back Pain
- Which is Better for Back Problems - Pilates Or Yoga?
- Try a Basic Back Exercise Series
- Should You Stretch A Back Injury?
- Exercise Your Pelvic Floor Muscles
- What You Need To Know About Doing Yoga For Your Back
- Are You and Your Back Ready for Yoga? Take The Quiz.
- Runners Back Pain
Posture and Back Pain
About 80% of back pain is posture or muscle related. Find out about the most common posture issues affecting the low back, upper back and neck. Learn about exercises and other things you can do to address and correct your posture.
- Sit With Good Posture
- Will Pilates Help Bad Posture?
- Reader Story - Alexander Technique
- The 6 Abdominal Muscles
Holistic therapies are generally side effect free and in many cases are great at relieving neck or back pain. In fact, the National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine says back pain is the #1 reason why people go to see a holistic practitioner.
- Managing Chronic Back Pain Holistically
- Back and Neck Massage
- Is Chiropractic Right For You?
- Body Work For Back Pain - Share Your Story
- Have You Tried Alternative Medicine For Your Back?
Back Pain and Emotional Health
Studies show that your attitude and the roles you play at home, socially and at work make a difference as to how much back pain you have and how long it lasts.
- Chronic Pain and Your Emotions
- Pain Patterns And Your Psychological Health
- Back Pain and Relationships - Share Your Tips
- Readers Stories - Dealing With Back Pain In A Relationship
Back Talk - Community Connection
Share tips and learn about other peoples' struggles with neck or back pain in this section.
- What Were You Doing When Threw Your Back Out?
- Which Back Exercises Best Relieve Your Pain?
- Does Obesity Make Your Back Pain Worse?
- Join the Back and Neck Pain Discussion In The Forum
- Sign Up For The Back and Neck Pain Newsletter
- What To Do With That Well Meaning But Useless Back Pain Advice?
Manage Back Pain Around The House
We all have tasks to do around the house - from making the bed to gardening and cleaning up. While I don't think being a couch potato is the answer to dealing with back pain at home, I do think taking some time out to plan and learn back saving techniques can really help.
- Does Back Pain Run in Families - Or Should You Do Something About Yours?
- Common Gardening Chores - The Back Safe Way
- Reduce The Need To Weed Your Garden
- Tip - Prevent Back Injury While Cleaning Your House
Manage Back Pain On The Go
Wherever you go, there your back pain is. Unless, of course you take steps to manage it while you're out.
- Wear Your Back Pack Without Back Pain
- Adjust Your Car Seat To Prevent Whiplash Injury
- Holiday Travel Without The Back Pain
What better way to get inspired to manage your day to day back pain than perusing my library of Daily Spines. The Daily Spine is a quick read on some aspect of the more mundane concerns that come with back problems or neck issues.
- You Don't Have To Throw Your Back Out!
- Good Ole Aspirin For Back Pain
- Decipher the Back Pain Terms Your Doctor Uses
- Coping With Pain Alone
- Neck Massage Techniques
- Spinal Flexion - A Posture To Watch Out For
- Osteoporotic Spinal Fracture
- Sleep and Back Pain
- Hips and Back - What's the Connection?
- Prevent Spinal Fracture
Prevent Back Pain and Neck Pain
What is that old saying? Oh, yes - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And it's so true with neck and back pain.