Back pain or dorso-lombalgia is a condition that affects or will affect nearly 80% of French people. This back pain can be caused by multiple factors: changes in our lifestyles, stress or lack of activity. When back pain occurs, it is necessary to take it seriously as soon as possible to prevent it from turning into chronic pain.


But then, how can we manage the pain so that it does not interfere with daily life?

Temporary crisis or chronic pain... A progressive disease that must be taken seriously

The back is a pillar of our spine and is often put to the test: carrying a heavy load, poor posture or a great deal of stress, we are all exposed to temporary back pain at first but chronic when these episodes are repeated over time.

Back pain can take many forms: sciatica, lumbago, lumbago or scoliosis. These ailments do not induce the same pain but they have in common that they are very painful and uncomfortable. The evolution of this pain can progressively impact our daily life. Stretching, burning sensation, muscular contraction, total blockage of movement... It is then essential to consider alternatives to manage this painful area according to its level of intensity.

What are the stages of evolution?

  • Acute low back pain: lasts less than 6 weeks One third of people experience recurrences.
  • Subacute low back pain: lasts between 6 weeks and 3 months The pain becomes more intense. It generates anxiety or even a depressive state and prevents the accomplishment of certain daily tasks or an inability to work.
  • Chronic low back pain: lasts more than 3 months It affects nearly 5% of people affected and can be very disabling.

What therapeutic solutions can be envisaged to deal with this pain, which can be progressive?

When back pain is episodic, it is important to take the initiative by modifying daily habits so that the pain does not become chronic and impact the quality of life. As a first step, this will make it possible to avoid drug treatment as much as possible.

Adopting a healthy lifestyle is first and foremost the best advice to give.

  • A healthy diet, regular hydration and sufficient sleep are to be preferred. 
  • It is also important to adopt an adapted posture in order not to overtax our back. Standing upright, avoiding heavy loads or optimizing your work space when you are in front of a screen are essential.
  • Practicing regular physical activity to stretch and tone our back muscles in order to strengthen it is also recommended.

If in spite of these various daily actions, back pain has set in, leading to chronic pain, it is then necessary to have recourse in complement to a medicamentous care to relieve it. The objective is to bring a targeted action on the pain but also on the cause. 

  • Muscle relaxants will act on the cause
  • The direct action muscle relaxants will help to relax the muscles. 
  • Analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs will act directly on the pain according to its level of intensity.
  • Analgesics will bring a calming action.
  • AIS/NSAIDs provide anti-inflammatory action

It is essential to respect the recommended doses to avoid any risk of overdose.

Other alternatives are possible to complete a possible treatment. Alternative medicines (acupuncture) or relaxing massages can relieve the painful area. Wearing a lumbar belt can also provide support and facilitate good posture. It is important to remember that when the crisis passes, it is essential to practice physical activity so as not to weaken the muscles of your back. They are great allies in helping him/her to maintain a good posture and to cope with our daily life.

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