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Just because you suffer from back pain doesn’t necessarily mean you must see a doctor to
solve the problem.
Self-treatment can sometimes be the only cure you need to deal with back pain. More than 85
percent of people with back pain or discomfort improve with minimal treatment in a matter of
days. You may just need to lie on your back for several days or more on a firm mattress or on
an ordinary bed with a stiff board under the mattress. Lie on your side, never on your stomach, with your knees bent or on your back with a small pillow under your head and another
pillow under your knees. Also, taking muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatory drugs, or painkillers
such as aspirin or aspirin with codeine can also relieve discomfort. If you’re not sure about the
proper dosage, follow the directions on the package or check with your doctor. Using hot or
cold packs, depending on your specific condition, can also be helpful.
Although rest is the most common form of treatment for a back injury, maintaining a good
exercise routine can help strengthen your muscles and prevent further injury. Physical and
emotional stress, another common cause of back pain, can be alleviated with the use of stress
management and relaxation exercises. People carrying excess weight often suffer from frequent back pain, so losing a few pounds may help to prevent future injury. If your pain doesn’t
lessen after a few days, you may want to call a doctor.
Where is Telemedicine frequently used?
All JOI Physicians, Physical Therapists and Occupational Therapists now offer Telemedicine services for virtual visits from the convenience of your home. If you feel that it is best to stay in your own home during this time, we can still provide orthopaedic Telehealth services for you. Through the download of the free Zoom app on the your phone, tablet or laptop. Our physicians and Telehealth for Physical Therapy can evaluate you and provide the care you need.
JOI Physicians are currently offering ASAP Fracture care. Make an appointment by calling (904)JOI-2000. This is a new option for patients who would like to avoid the emergency room if they have suffered a fracture or soft tissue injury. To learn more about this service, read this article about fracture and injury care.