Lower back pain can sometimes appear out of nowhere. When the pain becomes debilitating or difficult to deal with, a visit to the doctor may not offer you the reassurance you need.
The good news is that there are quite a few reliable online resources that can help explain what’s causing your pain and what your treatment options are. We’ve compiled a list of 6 great resources that you may enjoy.
Looking to take an active approach to getting rid of your lower back pain? Exercise may be the key. Ortho Info’s Low Back Pain Exercise Guide lists some basic and intermediate exercises that will help strengthen your lower back and reduce pain.
Some initial exercises include:
- Heel slides
- Ankle pumps
- Abdominal contractions
- Leg raises
- Heel raises
These are simple exercises that can do wonders for your back. Along with each exercise is instructions on how to perform it and an illustration.
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Aside from beginner and intermediate exercises, the guide also goes through some more advanced routines. Some of these are more challenging to perform, but they’re much more effective at building strength than the basic exercises.
This is a great resource for anyone who is looking to take a hands-on approach to their lower back pain treatment.
2. SpineHealth – Lower Back Pain Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment
If you’ve just started experiencing back pain, you may be concerned about your treatment options and the condition itself. Spine Health offers an intensive guide that goes through lower back pain symptoms, diagnosis and treatment options.
One of the most frustrating things about lower back pain is that you probably have no idea what’s causing it. Spine Health explains what’s causing the pain so you can better understand the condition. Along with the cause, you’ll also learn how pain is diagnosed and the classifications of lower back pain.
Spine Health is an exhaustive resource that offers a ton of information on lower back pain. This is one resource that anyone with lower back pain needs to bookmark and read through carefully.
Much like the previous resource, Medicine Net offers a wealth of information on lower back pain. What’s great about this resource is that it explains the anatomy and the function of your lower back, so you can better understand why you’re experiencing pain. Everything is written in an easy-to-understand, user-friendly format and broken down into sections, so you can digest the information at your own pace.
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While you’ll find plenty of resources that offer information on the causes of lower back pain, few of them explain these causes in as detailed of a way as Medicine Net does. Once you get past the anatomy lesson and the causes of the pain, you can find more information on how the condition is diagnosed and treated.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, or NINDS, is a great technical resource for lower back pain information. As part of the NIH website, the information provided may be more accurate than other resources on the web.
The NINDS article on lower back pain is similar to other informational sources on this list, but offers more detailed information. While reading the article, you’ll learn:
- What structures make up the back (or spine)
- The causes of lower back pain
- Who is at highest risk for pain
- What conditions cause low back pain
- How the condition is diagnosed
- Treatment options, including over-the-counter, alternative and conventional treatments
- Tips to help make your back healthier
- Research information
This is definitely a resource you want to read through before selecting a treatment option. Along with your doctor’s advice, NINDS will help you make an informed decision about how to treat the pain.
Family Doctor’s lower back pain guide is more like a chart than an informational guide. The chart is divided into three columns: Symptoms, Diagnosis and Self-Care.
The Symptoms column is comprised of “yes” or “no” questions that are designed to help you diagnose and treat your pain. Depending on your answer, the chart may instruct you to move over to the Diagnosis and Self-Care columns where you’ll learn possible causes for your lower back pain and how to treat it.
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While there are self-care recommendations for some of the conditions, Family Doctor will recommend visiting a doctor in most cases or the emergency room for serious conditions. However, this chart can provide you with some comfort in knowing what may be possibly causing your pain, and whether or not this is an emergency situation that requires immediate medical attention.
6. NYTimes Lower Back Pain Guide
When it comes to health information, the NY Times may not be the first resource that comes to mind. However, their lower back pain guide is surprisingly helpful and filled with information that you can actually use.
While it covers the basics (e.g. causes, prevention), the guide also discusses home care options, when it’s necessary to contact a medical professional and what to expect when visiting the doctor. It helps to know what kind of tests your doctor will perform during your visit and what kinds of questions he or she may ask.
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NY Times’ tone is reassuring and reminds you that most people will recover from their pain in just 4-6 weeks at home.