Dealing with Back Pain
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Self-Care for Back Pain, Seeking Help for Back Pain
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Did You Know? Using cold and hot packs after a back injury can help relieve pain and inflammation. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke recommends that you start out with a cold pack, or a bag of ice or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel, for 20 minutes at a time several times a day. After two to three days of cold, switch to a heat lamp or heating pad for brief periods to relax muscles.