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Leading sedentary life. Had an acute exacerbation . Treatment not helping, why?

Hi, I am a 40-year-old male, leading a rather sedentary lifestyle . I have been having off and on lower back pain since the past 3-4 years. REcently I have had an acute exacerbation and on x-ray the following finding was reported by the radiologist: Detached osteophyte at L3 level. My ortho did not say anything, just advised me to have ibuprofen for 5 days and have warm compresses over the area. He looked at the x-ray films and not at the report. I am not doing well inspite of his plan of treatment. Please help.
Asked On : Thu, 6 Sep 2012
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Hi, this is a great question. An important topic that many deal with.

One of the worst things for back pain is a "sedentary lifestyle." To alleviate back pain you want to have an active lifestyle. As soon as possible after your acute flare up get active...Walking is a great exercise with which to begin. You may also try swimming, biking, yoga, core exercises, and aerobics. Start off easy, and work your way up. Remember, consult with your physician PRIOR to starting ANY exercise program.

You may want to try cold or cool compresses early in the treatment INSTEAD of or staggered with the warm compresses. Ibuprofen is a good anti-inflammatory at the proper doses, it reaches its best anti-inflamm effects after 2 weeks of usage. Early on though it should offer some pain relief.

Best wishes for good back health,,,
Answered: Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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