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How to Fix Arthritis Lumbar Pain

By Carole Anne Tomlinson ; Updated August 14, 2017

Chronic lumbar pain from spine-degenerating arthritis can be alleviated by self-care and professional methods. Fixing arthritis pain requires addressing the inflammation and accompanying swelling and stiffness. Consult your medical doctor for diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Follow your doctor's instructions.

  1. Rest in bed for up to two days to relieve inflammation. Curling up on a firm mattress or lying in a reclining position with your knees supported takes pressure off your lower spine.

  2. Take your prescribed medicines. Pain medications as well as back muscle relaxants make you more comfortable during the healing process. To help relieve pain from arthritis, doctors often prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs.

  3. Do not lift heavy objects or perform activities that may cause further injury or strain to your back. Ask your doctor about safe activities.

  4. Exercise, according to your doctor's recommendations. Gentle stretching often relieves stress and pressure in your lower back. Strength-training exercises build support for your spine by increasing abdominal strength, as well as general muscle fitness. Aerobic exercise increases heart and lung health, increasing endurance for your spinal muscles, according to Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

  5. Change your posture. Standing and sitting up straight keeps your spine in proper alignment. When your body tilts or slumps forward such as in a chair while performing desk work, your back muscles can become strained and your spine misaligned.

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