Dealing with Back Pain
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Who better to talk to about dealing with back pain than the man who wrote the book on the subject? Harris McIlwain, MD, author of The Pain-Free Back: 6 Simple Steps to End Pain and Reclaim Your Active Life, joined WebMD Live on May 18, 2004, to answer your questions and offer his advice.
The opinions expressed herein are the guests' alone and have not been reviewed by a WebMD physician. If you have questions about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.MODERATOR:
Welcome back to WebMD Live, Dr. McIlwain. Before we dive into some questions, please tell us a little bit about the "six steps" you write about in your book.
In addition, you should try the solutions along with your doctor's advice, which usually include moist heat, such as hot shower or hot towels or whirlpool, and exercises to stretch and strengthen the muscles of the back. After a few weeks there is usually noticeable improvement, and the longer you do this program the better the relief. The exercises are one of the best ways to prevent back pain from returning when the pain is coming from the muscles and tendons around the spine.
And of course this should be combined with the basic treatment program, including moist heat and gradually increasing exercises, which have to be guided by your doctor since everyone is different.
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