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Back Pain: Make Sure You're Getting The Right Treatment
Written by Erin MacPherson
Last updated on July 31, 2013 @ 7:05PM
Created on July 31, 2013 @ 5:52PM

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctors,but you may not be getting the treatment you need. 5 News learned two main things. One, there's a large spectrum of back pain and two, doctors tend to treat patients differently then they used.

When you experience back pain, you could have something as small as a muscle strain in your back or something as big as a misplaced disk. The key to figuring out what exactly is wrong is getting the proper diagnoses, but that usually takes time. The first thing you and your doctor need to do is sit down and try to find out where it came from. Usually, you're put through a trial process where you use over the counter anti-inflammatory's or pain patches to see where you are. More times than not, officials says that does the trick. But sometimes narcotics do have to be used. They're suppose to be the last treatment but recently they're being used more frequently.

5 News talked to a local pharmacist and here's what he had to say.

"We really don't have to jump right to the narcotics. We can go to the non-steroidal to what we call a pain patch, sometimes that will help. Believe it or not, physical therapy or exercise really improves those types of problems," said Mario Blount, Bridgeport Best Care Pharmacist.

If you're having back pain, Blount recommends first trying heat, ice, and an over the counter anti-inflammatory. If it doesn't get better in a about a week go see your doctor to find out the best plan for you.


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Jul 31, 2013 at 8:02 PM
I have been telling my patients this for years. Everyone wants the quick fix, whether it is expensive or effective they don't care. Just fix it now! is their attitude. See: http://whatyourdoctor.blogspot.com/
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