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Treatment plans for a backache are individualized depending on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause of backache, minimizes the discomfort of a backache, decreases the risk of developing serious complications, and helps a person to live a normal active life.
A common cause of a backache, osteoarthritis, is often treated using a combination of medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids. Treatment also includes regular medical care, physical therapy, occupational therapy, exercise, hot and cold therapy, and possibly surgery.
A backache due to a mild injury, mild back sprain or muscle strain is generally treated with rest. Cold therapy and anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) are also frequently recommended. Medications called muscle relaxers may also be prescribed.
Back trauma and possible spinal cord injury is generally treated with immediate immobilization of the spine until a complete diagnosis can be made. Surgery and longer-term immobilization of the spine may be needed in certain cases.
Antibiotics are used to treated bacterial infections that can cause a backache, such as pyelonephritis or bacterial meningitis. Chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy is used to treat bone cancer and spinal cord cancer.
The list of treatments mentioned in various sources for Backache includes the following list. Always seek professional medical advice about any treatment or change in treatment plans.
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