How to relieve back pain due to scoliosis
Ways to Relieve Back Pain from Scoliosis. Scoliosis is a dysmorphism of the vertebral column which implies lateral deformation. Although scoliosis itself can still cause pain, people who suffer from it actually experience physical distress because the muscles get tired of trying to compensate for the deformation. If you experience back pain caused by tired muscles or other complications of scoliosis, know that you can remedy it and get back to feeling good.
Find Immediate Relief
1) Get over-the-counter painkillers.
Over-the-counter medicines are the ones you can buy without a prescription. In particular, you can take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) against pain. These are available in tablets, capsules and sprays and allow you to reduce suffering quickly enough. NSAIDs block prostaglandins, the chemical elements of the body that mediate the sensation of pain; when these do not enter the circulation, pain is not perceived. Remember, however, that you must never exceed the recommended dosage, which you can read about the drug itself. The main non-steroidal anti-inflammatories are:
Ibuprofen: it is a normal NSAID that reduces the production of prostaglandins and therefore muscle pain. The best-known brands are Moment and Brufen.
Naproxen: this works by limiting the inflammation caused by muscle and bone fatigue. It is also an excellent painkiller. You can usually find it under the trade name of Aleve or Momendol.
Aspirin: this drug also reduces inflammation and is commonly sold under the name of Bayer’s Aspirin.
Paracetamol: this is not actually an NSAID, but it is able to block the brain centres of pain and control the central nervous system. The best-known trade name is Tachipirina.
2) Apply a warm compress.
If you experience muscle spasms that cause you pain, then you can use a warm compress. Heat relieves pain, calms spasms and reduces joint stiffness.
Wrap the hot water bag in a cloth and then gently place it on the point of pain. Leave it for 20-30 minutes.
3) Try the cold pack.
Cold therapy can be useful for contracted and sore muscles, although it is generally used more against swelling and inflammation. To prepare a cold pack, you must cover the affected area at 20-minute intervals over 24 hours.
If you do not have a cold pack, you can create one by wrapping a pack of frozen vegetables in a cloth.
4) Give yourself a little rest.
If you experience intense back pain, then your body is telling you that you need to rest. Stop whatever activity you are doing and cause you suffering, lie down or do something that does not physically engage you. Remember that the movement is also part of the techniques to reduce pain, then returns to perform some non-strenuous activity as soon as the acute phase has passed.
Relieving Back Pain with Physiotherapy
5) You often do stretching exercises.
Stretching is one of the best ways to gain flexibility and muscle strength again. It is a physical excellence that reduces back pain; you just have to be cautious and do not overdo it to avoid causing further damage.
Stretch your arms over your head while standing. As soon as you start feeling a bit of back pain, get up and take a well-erect position by stretching your hands towards the ceiling. In this way, you relieve the pressure applied to the nerves by the crooked vertebrae.
Try to make a stretch with legs apart. Take a step forward with the leg that looks longer. Try to keep your upper body as upright as possible and shift the weight on the front knee as you bend it. During this movement, lift the arm opposite the front leg as high as possible. Reach the back with the other arm holding the palm upward. Hold the position for a few seconds and perform 2-3 sets of 5-10 repetitions each.
6) Stop any activity that causes pain.
If you experience pain it means that you are performing an exercise incorrectly or that this is not suitable for your body. Every twinge, discomfort, tingling or swelling is a sign that you must stop immediately.
A slight muscle pain is quite common after physical activity, but manifests itself after exercise and not during its performance. Furthermore, it is a temporary suffering.
If you are afraid of not doing any exercise in the right way, contact a physiotherapist. He will be able to teach you the correct movements.
If you continue to feel pain, contact your orthopedist.
7) Do exercises that increase flexibility and strength of the back.
Walk, cycle or take aerobic classes to improve endurance. You can also try exercises like the plank that strengthen the back and at the same time relieve the pain. To run the plank:
Lie down in a prone position, place your forearms and elbows on the floor. The forearms must be parallel to the ground. Raise your body on your toes so that it stays straight and your back is perfectly flat. The body should form a single straight line that goes from head to toe, passing through the shoulders. Hold the position for 15-30 seconds.
8) Try doing Pilates.
Although it may seem strange, this practice is one of the best to alleviate scoliosis-related disorders. In fact, it focuses mainly on the balance, therefore it acts on both the superficial and deep muscles. Stretching during a Pilates session helps to limit pain.
Before starting to practice Pilates, consult the orthopaedic or physiotherapist. In most cases, people with scoliosis need a personalized exercise routine for their specific needs.
9) Practice yoga.
As previously stated, stretching is very effective against back pain. Yoga contributes to everything by focusing on the spine, shoulder blades, feet, legs and abdominal muscles. This practice relieves pain and promotes relaxation of the mind, which in turn is a great help to overcome physical suffering.
Execute the position of the triangle. This position stretches and strengthens the arms, legs and abdominal muscles. It’s a great way to stretch your torso and help your spine gain flexibility.
Bring your knees to your chest. This position, also called Pavan Muktasana, increases blood flow to the hips and allows the spine to relax. Lie on your back and bring your knees close to your chin. Embrace your legs and hold this position for several seconds.
Try the position of the cat. It is one of the best exercises to relieve tension on the back. It also helps the back muscles to strengthen while the spine becomes more flexible.
Try the side plank. Start from the normal plank position by placing weight on your feet and hands. Slowly move the weight of the body on the right hand and rotate the body on the same side. Raise your left foot and place it on your right foot. Raise your left arm pointing it to the ceiling. Keep position for 10-20 seconds or as long as you can. Perform this exercise at least once a day to reduce pain and make your back stronger.
Look for Alternative Professional Treatments
10) Before you rely on alternative treatment, discuss with the orthopaedic.
It is essential that the doctor is informed about everything you do to treat the problem and back pain. In this way you allow him to evaluate the usefulness of the treatments you would like to try and to collaborate with the alternative medicine professional for your well-being.
Your doctor may also give you the names of qualified professionals working in your area.
11) Go to a chiropractor.
This type of treatment can give relief from the pain caused by scoliosis, although it does not seem able to reduce spinal deformation.
The chiropractor can also advise you on a series of exercises to alleviate back pain. Remember that this type of physical activity does not prevent scoliosis from getting worse, but only alleviating the pain caused by the deformation.
You can find a chiropractor working in your area by doing an online search, asking your doctor or friends for advice.
Remember that chiropractic, although recognized as alternative medicine, is not yet well defined and regulated in Italy. Some interventions are covered by the national health service and in any case not in all regions. If you have a private health insurance policy, inform yourself if you also reimburse this kind of treatment to avoid unpleasant surprises.
12) Try therapeutic massage.
This type of practice can limit back pain including that caused by scoliosis. You will have to rely on a qualified physiotherapist who specializes in therapeutic massages because these are different than relaxing ones.
Make sure the physiotherapist is qualified and experienced. You can search online or ask the orthopedist to suggest you some names.
Remember that massage is not always recognized as indispensable and therefore covered by the national health service. If the doctor or orthopedist releases you the prescription for a series of treatments, then you will only have to contribute to the costs as regards the cost to the assisted person; otherwise, you will have to face the full cost of care. If you have private health insurance, make sure that the messages are covered by your policy.