Back Pain Treatment – A Comparison of Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Treatment for Backache

Back pain is a common problem nowadays. According to studies, every person is prone to develop back pain at least once in life. Backache is the second leading cause of visiting a doctor all over the world. There may be many causes of back pain and different treatment options available including pharmacological treatment, surgical interventions for treatment and non-drug treatment options for backache.

Commonly using medications for back pain are over the counter pain relieving medicines that include NSAIDs family drugs and acetaminophen. Although these drugs make your pain relief they have their own side effects. On the other hand, drug-free treatment for back pain has no unwanted negative effect on the human body.

Negative Effects of Drugs used for Backache

Common side effects of NSAIDs family drugs are:

  • Gastric upset, heartburn and stomach pain
  • Gastric ulcers
  • The tendency of bleeding is aggravated because they cause antiplatelets effect. This effect is more prominent with aspirin.
  • Lightheadedness, dizziness, and headache
  • Sensations of ringing in the ear (tinnitus)
  • Allergic reactions may happen to some patients such as swelling in the throat, rashes on the skin, wheezing, etc.
  • Liver and kidney problems. Aspirin specifically causes liver damage if overused. If you have pre-existing liver or kidney problems, you must not use these medications without the prescription of a doctor.
  • Swelling in the lower limbs
  • High blood pressure

The side effects of the drugs cannot be avoided in any case. You have to get pain relief at the cost of these unwanted effects if you are going for pharmacological treatment for backache.

Another problem with pharmacological back pain treatment is that all the patients suffering from backache cannot go for medicines. The following categories of patients cannot take NSAIDs:

  • Who has suffered from serious side effects from a conventional painkiller
  • The persons who are at a high risk of gastric bleeding
  • The patients who have gastric problems like GERD, heartburn, etc.
  • Who have underlying some medical disorders like cardiac disease, cirrhosis of the liver, hypertension, renal disease, etc?
  • Who have respiratory tract issues like asthma
  • The patient who take diuretics

Drug-Free Treatment for Backache is a Better Approach

A drug-free approach to treat back pain is better most of the time because:

  • you do not have to suffer from the negative effects of drugs
  • you can use drug-free interventions (back brace, back support belts) even if you are suffering from any underlying pathological condition like heart or kidney disease. Nondrug treatment does not worsen your underlying condition at all.
  • Non drug treatment makes you get permanent relief from pain if used properly for the recommended period. While medications usually cause only temporarily pain-relieving effect and you feel ache again after the effect of medicines is gone.
  • Pain-relieving drugs cannot make correct the underlying cause of your backache. While non-drug approaches (backrack etc.) excellently treats the underlying causes for example muscle spasm, back straining, sprains, etc. Once the muscles are relaxed, your pain is gone away.
  • You do not have to feel any allergic reactions in case of drug-free treatment.
  • Almost all the drugs cause a gastric upset but non-drug approach does not have such kind of effects.
  • You can avoid unwanted effects of surgery by non drug modalities of back pain. If you have fear of surgery, we recommend you drug-free treatment for your back condition.

Backrack™ Device – An Advanced Non-Drug Treatment for Back Pain

The Backrack™ is a spinal decompression device designed to relieve almost all types of back pain safely at home. It’s an excellent non-surgical drug-free approach towards the treatment of back pain. Through specially designed program of Backrack™ exercises, you can treat conditions like sciatica, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, postural disorders, neck pain, hip pain, and almost all forms of back pain.

This rack mirrors all the natural anatomical curvatures of the vertebral. You have to lie on it in a neutral position keeping knees in a flexed position. Although you can perform many exercises on the rack to treat different spinal conditions but just to lie on it for 15 to 20 minutes is itself an exercise. It provides a decompression effect to your vertebral column and removes extra stress from your back. If you want to avoid the negative effects of drugs and have fear of surgery, the Backrack™ device is just there for you. Please click here to learn more about the Backrack™ technology and its application.

Pain Management Tips

Here we’ll share some of the tips to manage back pain at home:

Mindfulness and Meditation

Chronic back pain has both physical and emotional stress. To manage depression, frustration and anxiety about back pain, you may consult a rehabilitation psychologist. Your consultant may advise you tai chi, yoga, meditation, and other relaxation and cognitive therapies to divert your mind from the pain.


some diets have high inflammatory effects specifically those who are rich in processed foods, refined sugars, and trans fatty acids. Consult with your medical specialist to know that whether your diet is playing its role in your chronic back pain and how you can alter your diet. Maintaining your weight within the normal limit of BMI also causes a reduction of back pain because of decrease pressure exerted to the vertebral column.

Massage Therapy

It is a technique in which the soft tissues of the body stroked, tapped and rubbed. It helps in the relaxation of muscles and reduces stress and pain.

Back Support Belts

Back support belts are an excellent remedy to acute or chronic lower back pain. They can be used both as preventive measure or treatment for lower back pain. They are available in different sizes and shapes. You can choose a belt according to the shape of your body. Back support belt provides some extra support to the muscles of the lumbar region lessening the pressure from the back and making you relax. Keep in mind that you must wear a lumbar support belt while doing physical activities or not during at rest. The people who do heavy weight lifting job, are highly advised to wear a lumbar support belt at their workplace.