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Having three kids under the age of six is quite exciting. We never have a dull moment in our house and often have injuries and illnesses that need to be tended to by a doctor. I have learned a lot over the past six years about when a child needs to be seen by a doctor immediately and when certain things can wait until their regular pediatrician is available. I created this blog to help other parents learn about the injuries and illnesses that their children may experience when a doctor isn't available to take a child to whenever these things happen.

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Five Back Pain Treatments You Can Try When Your Back Is Killing You

There is at least a dozen things you can do to help back pain feel better. Of course, you want the treatments that are going to provide the most immediate and most comforting results. To get that kind of help with back pain, try the five following options.

OTC Nerve Stimulators

​Maybe you have seen the advertisements for this kind of product, or maybe you have seen it on pharmacy shelves. There is one main large patch or device that contains the controls, and two to six smaller patches you place on the skin. Some of these have replaceable and refillable small patches, which allows you to reuse the controls again and again. The small patches are connected to the control patch via wires. When the small patches are attached to areas of pain in your back, they will deliver a nerve-disturbing signal that stops your body from telling your brain that this part of your back hurts. This kind of bioelectric interference is effective, but temporary. It will help you get through a day, maybe two, before your nerves realize what has happened, and then start sending pain signals again. 

Chiropractic Care

​There is definitely some relief to be found in chiropractic care. If you are a new patient, the chiropractor will need extra time at your initial appointment to evaluate you. Then he/she will perform some initial adjustments, which will provide you with some relief until the next scheduled adjustment. Over the course of your treatment period, you will find that you are in less and less pain, which is exactly what you want.

Muscle Relaxants

​You could take prescribed muscle relaxants, too. Most of the time your doctor will prescribe these when back pain interferes with your ability to get a good night's sleep. You should only take them right before bed because they will make it impossible to get up and be mobile during the night, and they are more likely to sedate you as well. Additionally, the more rest you get, the better you will feel. 

Massage Therapy

​Sometimes things as painful as back pain result in a prescription for truly awesome treatments. Who does not want back massages several times a week? Not that many people would refuse this treatment option, and you are sure to love it as well.

​Heat or Heat and Water

​When you slip into a warm Jacuzzi tub, what happens? Everything relaxes and pain eases. If you cannot find a spa tub to sit in a few times a week (i.e., at your health club or local spa), the next best thing is just heat. Old fashioned hot water bottles or heating pads help a lot.

If you need more help with back pain, reach out to a health care clinic near you.