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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.
Some of the possible treatments for Backache from various sources may include:
Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Backache:
More causes: not all possible causes for Backache are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Backache.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
The following list of conditions have 'Backache' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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