Are you looking for a homeopathic cure for back pain? This article discusses the homeopathy treatment of back pain along with the best homeopathic medicine for back pain treatment.
Back pain or backache is defined as pain or discomfort felt in the upper, middle and lower back, arising from structures in the back like muscles, nerves, bones or ligament.
The pain can be acute (sudden and severe) or chronic if it has lasted more than three months. Back pain often occurs in younger people whose work involves physical effort and is not uncommon in people of retirement age.
Back pain is one of the most common ailments prevalent today, factors such as modern life-style, sedentary working conditions, or patterns associated with emotional stress and strains, which bring about spasm of the muscles, and causes backache.
Classification of Back pain
Back is divided into three major parts – upper, middle and lower. Depending upon the location, back pain is classified as Upper Back Pain (affecting the area of cervical and thoracic spine), Middle Back Pain (affecting the area of dorsal spine), and Lower Back Pain or Lumbago (affecting the area of lumbo-sacral spine).
Lower back pain, or lumbosacral pain, is the commonest type of back pain. Low back pain is also known as lumbago.
The backache is also classified according to the duration and intensity of the pain. Generally three type of back pain are there, acute, sub acute and chronic.
Acute lower back pain persists for less than 40-45 days, while chronic lower back pain persists over three months and in-between of these two, pain can be defined as sub acute pain.
The pain in back can also be one sided. Left side back pain or right side back pain commonly occour from a muscular sprain, herniated intervertebral disc, or renal calculi. Other causes of one sided back pain are listed below.
Homeopathy treatment of back pain
Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity.
This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which a patient is suffering.
The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat pain in back, but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility of the patient. For this patient’s current symptoms, past medical history and family history are taken into account.
There are many homeopathic remedies which cover the symptoms of back pain and lumbago. Homeopathic medicine for back pain can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the pain.
For individualized remedy selection and homeopathy treatment of back pain, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important homeopathic remedies for treatment of back pain or lumbago are given below:
Homeopathic Medicine for Back Pain
This homeopathic medicine has muscular pain, when pain is relieved by walking and worse at rest or at first motion. There is marked stiffness and warm application give relief. Backache due to sprain; after over lifting or stretching; muscular soreness; from getting wet in rains. Homeopathic medicine for back muscle spasms.
A violent pain in the back, as if broken, is the greatest characteristic of Rhus in the back pain. Rhus seems to be especially suitable to affections of the deeper muscles of the back. There are great pains, dull, bruised, and aching on attempting to rise.
It is more suitable to the chronic forms of lumbago, often times give prompt relief. back pain of Rhus is better from pressure, but worse in bed. The Rhus patient likes to lie on sometime hard. The Rhus pains are relieved by bending backwards.
Bryonia is the homeopathy medicine for back pain that has symptoms opposite the Rhus toxicodendron remedy. Patient tries to stay as still as possible, since even the slightest motion makes the pain worse.
These people tend to be very irritable and grumpy, not wanting to be touched, even though pressure on the point of pain often helps.
The homeopathy remedy Bryonia is indicated when there is hardness of muscle groups and headaches are common. Another indication for this remedy is when warmth makes the pain worse and cool applications feel better.
Excellent homeopathic remedy for nerve pain especially after surgery or injury. Homeopathic remedy that helps in healing nerve pains. It is especially useful when there is numbness or tingling in the extremities, radiating pain from one area to another. Homeopathy medicine for slip disc causing neuralgic pain.
Hypericum is useful for the unbearable prickly pain that radiates along nerve pathways, is worse with movement, and worse when touched. It can be beneficial when depression is an associated symptom of muscle pains.
Another homeopathic remedy for back pain which has soreness, weakness and stiffness in the muscles that is worse from over exertion. Pain is also worse when the weather is dry and tends to be better in rainy weather.
The muscles in the legs feel contracted, tight and sore, with restlessness at night. The forearms are weak, even though they are also stiff. These patients feel better in a warm bed or warm shower.
Homeopathic remedy to use when there are spasms in the large muscle groups. Body feels sore and bruised all over, and there may be jerking and twitching of the muscles. The spine feels sensitive, and there is pain especially in the back, neck and shoulders.
Cimicifuga patients feel better with warmth and pressure, and feel worse with touch, motion, cold applications and during their menstrual cycle.
It has an acute pain in the back relived by change of posture. Back seems too weak to support the body. The pains are worse when thinking of them. Pain accompanied by debility and numb feeling in the limbs, aching pain in lower part of the back between shoulders, pain and tenderness. Pain worse from any kind of movement or exertion; pain in spots.
Sepia is a very frequently indicated homeopathic medicine in the back pains which are due to uterine disease. It is a general weakness in the small of the back when walking, and is worse while sitting. Sudden pain in the back, as if struck by a hammer.
Pain relieved by pressing back upon something hard Backache worse in morning. Patient feels dull stiffed in morning and feels better when busy in some work.
Pain in the back is so severe that it makes patient restless; unable to sit or lie down; pain finally settles down on the upper part of the thigh and buttock. Bending forward often ameliorates.
Homeopathic medicine for lower back pain. Lumbosacral backache, pain goes down the back to the legs. Pains, stitching, darting, worse during rest and lying on affected side. Backache and weakness after abortion, labor or profuse menses; while walking feels as if she must give up and lie down.
This remedy is especially suited to backache in sacral region; backache during pregnancy; after miscarriage; great exhaustion; burning in spine; lumbago with sudden, sharp pains extending up and down back, and to thighs.
Another homeopathy remedy for back pain, especially if referable to spinal affections, is Nux vomica.It is in the lumbar region is worse at night when lying in bed. Pain of a drawing, lacerating or bruised character, with perhaps sudden stitches in the back, and a characteristic is that the patient must sit up in bed to turn over.
It has also a morning back pain, and the longer the patient lies in the bed the more the back pains. The back pain brought on by sexual excesses should lead to the consideration of Nux vomica Stiff neck and torticollis may also be benefited by Nux vomica.
Acute pain after an injury along with sore bruised feeling. Sore, lame, and bruised feeling in the back; worse, least touch; by motion, rest; better by lying down.
Homeopathic medicine for upper back pain. Sharp cutting pain in anterior cervical nerve, aggravation on lying down and relieved when sitting. Homeopathic medicine for chronic backache or lumbago, worse by constant motion; better by taking rest; pain in back along with sensation of numbness; lumber region is mainly affected; weight in pelvis.
For persons with haemorrhoidal tendencies, and who suffer with gastric, bilious or catarrhal troubles. Severe dull backache in lumbo-sacral articulation; more or less constant; affecting sacrum and hips. Back “gives out” during pregnancy, prolapsus, leucorrhoea; when walking or stooping; must sit or lie down. lameness in back; spine region feels weak.
Homeopathic medicine for backache in the lower region of back due to constipation and piles; backache or lumbago due to over exertion; pain in back as if back would break; aggravated by walking and stooping; bruised pain in sacrum and hips; back and legs give out; patient feels better by standing. Paralytic feeling in arms, legs and spine.
Stiffness in the whole spine; single vertebrae sensitive to heat; shooting pain. Burning along spine; pain in lumbar region and sacrum; pain worse stooping; sensation of cold needles pricking in the back; lumbago, <in open air, sitting; tightness of the muscles of the back, as if they would break on bending; as if cold air were spreading along the back; painful weakness and soreness of the back; spine sensitive to touch; worse in dorsal region; twitching of cervical muscles. Homeopathic medicine for middle back pain.
This homeopathic medicine has backache or lumbago along with weakness of spine; from rising from a seat; pain as if sprained, can scarcely rise; curvature of dorsal vertebrae; backache due to an old injury; after bathing in a river or lake; from over lifting.
Backache due to living in damp basements or house; pain in the small of back; as after long stooping; pain along with stiffness of the back.
This homeopathy remedy has quite a clinical reputation for curing back pain, and especially the back pain due to spinal irritation. It has pain in the lower part of the back, with a fullness or burning pain. Lumbago worse on beginning to move and relieved by continued motion. Lumbago from strain, cured by Calcarea fluorica when Rhus tox fails.
Classification of Back Pain
Back pain or backache can be divided into acute, sub-acute and chronic.
- Acute back pain – This kind of pain is usually sudden in onset, short lasting, often for few days or few weeks, usually occours in lower back.
- Chronic back pain – Long lasting pain which persist for more then 3-4 months; deep, aching dull pain, which may extend to the leg.
- Backache, which persist in-between can be termed as sub-acute pain.
What causes Back pain ?
There are number of pathological conditions which can cause backache. These are:
Arthritis– It as one of the most common causes of backache, backache due to arthritis can be felt anywhere in the back, and usually aggravates by movement. Stiffness, inflammation, swelling is often associated.
Injury to the back – Injury to the disc can play a major role in such complaints
Disc prolapsed or slipped disc – Due to any reason can cause severe backache. Compression of nerve may occur due to which the part which receives nerve supply from same nerve can become weak. For example, compression of the lumber nerve restricts the upward movement of the big toe.
Tumors – Abnormal growths or tumors in the tissues of back region can cause back pain.
Spinal stenosis – caused due to the constriction of spinal canal; aging population is mostly affected by this.
Osteoporosis – can induce severe backache, osteoporosis can weaken the bones and can causes compression fractures of the vertebrae.
Infection – if your back region is affected by infections like tuberculosis an osteomyelitis it can also lead to backache.
Metastasis – cancer may spread to the bones like breast cancer, lung cancer and causes back pain.
Wrong posture of sleeping – Backache can occur due to faulty posture when a person is sitting or sleeping. Sleeping on very soft mattresses can also induce such complaints.
Obesity – Increased weight can put more pressure over spine which can lead to frequent backache.
Pregnancy – Enlarged belly during pregnancy can stretch the spine which ultimately leads to back pain or backache
Backache during menses – Usually females often complain for lower backache during menstruation
Over exertion – Mechanical cause – includes abnormal posture, injury or trauma, heavy lifting.
Symptoms Associated with Back Pain
- Compression of nerve may occur due to which the part which receives nerve supply from same nerve can become weak. For example, compression of the lumber nerve restricts the upward movement of the big toe.
- Pain aggravated by movement, prolonged overwork, sitting (but inflammatory pain ameliorated by movement and aggravated by rest).
- Extension of the pain may occur to the other parts of the body especially to the buttocks, back of thigh, calf muscles.
- Sharp pain in the neck and back after lifting heavy objects.
- Difficulty in walking or standing straight due to muscle spasm and stiffness.
- Vertigo or giddiness may occour when the cervical spine is involved.
Treatment of Back Pain
Rest should be advised to the patient in the condition of acute back pain. Physiotherapy is often helpful in cases of chronic lumbago. The exact concomitant treatment depends upon the underlying cause and should be done only under the guidance of your doctor.
Note: The above homeopathy medicines are just an indicator for homeopathy treatment for back pain. Please consult a qualified homeopath in person for a full case analysis and to find the best homeopathic medicine for back pain for your individual case.