Your back pain might be caused by either a muscle or a lumbar (ligament) strain. The obvious step is to consult your doctor, but you may feel that your condition doesn’t really warrant a full medical intervention. Therefore, you want to know what steps you can take yourself, or, if you do consult with a medical practitioner, what the drugs and activities they might prescribe should achieve.
Firstly, let’s talk about the medication you might use for a pulled back muscle to relieve the pain or discomfort. There are three areas for consideration here. Firstly, to combat the pain itself, you would look for a medication which works by interrupting the pain signals sent from the inflamed area to the relevant part of your brain. Such drugs are known as analgesics, and an example of this type is acetaminophen.
A second medication option is to use an anti-inflammatory, such as ibuprofen, which works to reduce the inflammation at the point where it occurs. Another option is to make use of muscle relaxants. These are usually prescribed only in the short term, often to deal with muscle spasms. Of course, you should be certain before taking any drugs that their effects will not be harmful to you in any way.
You might decide to consult a chiropractor where gentle and careful manipulation can promote healing by loosening tight back muscles. They, or your doctor, might recommend ice or cold packs which can help reduce inflammation if applied as soon as the injury occurs. Heat therapy can stimulate blood flow and aid healing on a longer-term basis.
For both prevention and careful healing, massage and gentle exercise will play a vital part. You might make good use of a massage mat during these times. After an injury, people can be reluctant to put any strain on the area, yet a lack of exercise can lead to atrophy or the weakening and wasting of vital muscle.
Naturally, through all of the above, it pays to receive expert advice regarding any pulled back muscle treatment. You want to make sure anything you are taking, and every action you complete, is helping towards your recovery and, as much as possible, to prevent any recurrence.