How to Handle Back Pain

First Response Measures For Back Pain

Are you experiencing back pain? Are you using medication (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin) to help relieve pain and don’t think it is helping or want to explore alternatives?


A study was done to see the time it took to become pain free using acetaminophen after acute back pain had occurred. For people who used acetaminophen only when their back pain bothered them it took 17 days until complete relief. For those taking the medication three times a day it also took an average of 17 days until pain was fully relieved. A group taking a placebo took 16 days to reach full pain relief from their back pain.

This means that for the average person, acetaminophen may not be the best medicine for relief of back pain. Some people may find that acetaminophen does work for them. Remember due to the risks associated with this medication (it damages the liver) it should not be taken in excess or for long periods of time.

First Response Measures:

Chiropractic and Acupuncture care- these healing arts may be able to help you with acute back pain. Many studies have been conducted supporting their use as pain relief therapies.

Ice- depending on your condition ice may help relive pain within the first 48 hours after an injury. After that time heat may be more beneficial.

Movement- rest is needed after an injury, but still doing restrictive movements and stretching can help keep the body flexible and the blood/body fluids circulating. Specific exercises and stretches can be recommended based on your diagnosis to help heal acute injuries and prevent future episodes.


The side effects of these first response measures are mild compared to the alternatives. If they don’t work for you, you can always move into other modalities of treatment to find pain relief. Your treatment should have an endpoint, and build to support your lifestyle and your health goals! Healing takes time, so don’t get discouraged. Be sure to continue an open dialogue with your healthcare providers so your treatment can be specifically tailored for your needs.


Other Health Topics:


Everyday Stretches

Proper Lifting Technique


Back to School Health Tips

Daily Nutrition with Supplements

Wellness Programs

Remember that this information is for educational purposes only. Seek the advice of a health specialist before making any changes to your healthcare.