Homeopathy treatment for Back Pain, Acute (See also Sciatica.)
Pain in the back may be caused by a strain or sprain, by misalignment of the spinal vertebrae, or by pelvic bones causing pressure on nerves. Back tension and spasms may also be caused by emotional states such as anger or fear.
Pain is present in the affected part of the back. The low back and neck are the most common sites of acute back pain. It is sometimes difficult and painful for the person to move or straighten up. Pain may be either dull or quite sharp, particularly when moving about. Muscles around the site of the pain are often in spasm.
Some acute back pain may be caused by a herniated vertebral disk. This type of pain usually extends into a limb and may be quite severe and ac- companied by numbness. It is usually worse when sneezing, coughing or holding the breath, and bearing down. (See Sciatica.) Acute pain in the mid-back may be caused by kidney stones or a kidney infection. Medical attention should be sought immediately for proper diagnosis, especially if fever is present or the pain is excruciating.
Does the person need a particular position or posture to be comfortable? Are there any visible signs of injury?
"There is nothing wrong with me. Go away!" Arnica
"I'm stressed out and I want to go home." Bryonia
"My tailbone hurts!" Hypericum
"I feel stiff all over." Rhus toxicodendron
Was there any injury?
Where is the pain?
What does the pain feel like?
What makes it better or worse?
Does the pain extend to anywhere else?
Are there any mental or emotional symptoms with the back pain?
Pointers for Finding the Homeopathic Medicine
Give Arnica for sore, bruised back pain after an injury or trauma.
· Arnica is used before and after back surgery to promote healing.
· Bryonia is the best medicine when the main symptom is pain that is made worse by moving.
· Hypericum is good for direct injuries to the spine or nerves, with shooting pain.
· Give Rhus toxicodendron when the pain is made worse by overexertion and getting wet, and better by limbering up and moving around.
· Give three pellets of 30C three times a day until you see improvement.
· If there is no improvement after three doses or two days, give a different medicine.
· After you first notice improvement, give another dose only if symptoms begin to return.
· Lower potencies (6X, 6C, 30X) may need to be given more often (every four hours).
· Higher potencies (200X, 200C, 1M) usually only need to be given once. Repeat only if the symptoms definitely return after being relieved.
What to Expect from Homeopathic Self-Care
Homeopathic medicines can produce quick results m acute back pain, often helping a person get over it in a day or two.
Other Self-Care Suggestions
When the injury first occurs, apply an ice pack if there is swelling or inflammation.
· After twelve to twenty-four hours, apply moist heat to the area.
· Take a hot bath with one cup of Epsom salts added. Whirlpool baths or hot tubs are also good. I
· Rest in bed in a comfortable position.
· Acupuncture, chiropractic, osteopathy, physical therapy, Bowen therapy (an Australian bodywork technique), massage, or other bodywork techniques are often helpful if homeopathy is not producing immediate results. Do not use acupuncture, however, if the homeopathy is effective for the back pain, because it may interfere.
· Take Calcium (1500 mg) and Magnesium (750 mg) daily to reduce muscle spasms.
· Arnica gel or oil or Traumeel ointment is very helpful when applied locally to the area. (If you are under constitutional treatment, consult your homeopath before using Traumeel, since it is a combination homeopathic medicine.)
· Back strengthening exercises and proper lifting techniques are essential to pre- venting future back injuries.
· Being overweight contributes to chronic or recurrent back pain. Consider losing some weight. I
· Yoga or other stretching techniques are excellent to strengthen back muscles once the acute pain or injury has passed.