Back pain can make it impossible to do your job. It can make it hard to take care of your family. And it can make you miss out on activities you love. Most of us have been there. In fact, four out of five Americans will struggle with back pain at some point in our lives.1 In any given year, nearly 30% of American adults experience back pain.2 Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work and it’s the second most common cause for a trip to the doctor.3
The good news is that most acute back pain will improve within a few weeks of home treatment.4 And whether your pain is acute or chronic, there are effective therapies that can significantly improve the health of your back. You’re going to get through this! In the meantime, Arnica can provide some natural pain relief, without synthetic drugs or side effects, so you can start getting your life back.
Taking Care of Your Back
There’s a lot that you can do to maintain a healthy back. Some of the keys to optimal back health include maintaining a healthy weight, strengthening your core muscles, improving your posture, using proper form when lifting, avoiding smoking, and managing depression and anxiety.5
If you do experience significant back pain, doctors often recommend physical therapy as “the cornerstone of back pain treatment.”6 Depending on the cause of your back pain, you may benefit from chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage, yoga, or other therapies.78
Generally, if you have back pain that doesn’t improve after two weeks of home care, or if you have significant pain that doesn’t improve within a few days, consult a doctor.9 However, in some circumstances, back pain requires immediate medical attention. Learn when to see a doctor.
How Arnica Can Help With Back Pain
A common first-line remedy for back pain is to take over-the-counter painkillers, including ibuprofen (such as Advil), acetaminophen (such as Tylenol), or naproxen sodium (such as Aleve). But overuse of these common painkillers can cause serious side effects. Sustained use of over-the-counter pain medicine is associated with increased risk of bleeding ulcers, kidney damage, high blood pressure, severe allergic reactions, even heart attacks and strokes.10
And you want to feel better, not cause additional problems! That’s where Arnica montana comes in. Arnica is a homeopathic remedy for muscle and joint pain that works without any known side effects. Arnica can be used as an alternative to synthetic over-the-counter pain medication for minor back pain.
Many people are familiar with Arnica as a topical cream or gel that you apply to the area that hurts. Homeopathic Arnica is also available in tablet and pellet forms that dissolve in your mouth. Both topical and oral Arnica can be beneficial for back pain and may be used together.
Homeopathic Treatment for Backache
Since there are many different kinds of back pain, there are numerous homeopathic treatments to address them. Some homeopathic products for backaches combine associated remedies for common types of back pain.
A variety of homeopathic remedies are recognized in Homeopathic Materia Medicas as treatments for specific types of back pain. These include:
- Arnica montana: Relieves joint and muscles soreness, aches and pains
- Benzoicum acidum: Relieves pain in the upper back.
- Colchicum autumnale: Relieves aching in the lumbar and sacral regions
- Sulphur: Relieves stitching or shooting pains
- Rhus toxicodendron: Relieves symptoms of pain and stiffness
With targeted therapy, a healthy lifestyle, and natural pain relief, you can be on your way to recovery!
Learn about how arnica also helps shoulder pain and injury here.