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When people need to find relief from pain, their choices are usually either over-the-counter (OTC) medications or the ones that are prescribed by a medical professional. These often come with side effects and contain potentially harsh chemicals. For the people who don’t want anything other than a natural remedy, the options are pretty limited. There are, however, a few options that people can turn to that don’t involve drugs at all.
The concept of pain can be described in many ways. In medical terms, it is defined as an unpleasant feeling that is conveyed to the brain by sensory neurons throughout the body. Pain can be on a sliding scale of intensity. It can also be interpreted differently by different people, depending on their personal pain tolerance. Pain scales are usually requested in a subjective way so doctors can get a sense of each person’s perception of it.
Back pain is one of the most common ailments people have, including school-age children. The term back pain can refer to a broad range of uncomfortableness, from a dull ache to a sharp, stabbing pain. Sometimes it develops slowly over time due to poor habits, other times it’s the result of an accident or lifting something heavy. Contrary to popular belief, someone who suddenly does strenuous exercise after a period of idleness can also cause themselves significant back pain.
After undergoing a surgical procedure, the familiar course of treatment used to be prescriptions of pain medication, application of any topical treatment, and rest and hydration. Things are a little different in this day and age, however, and one of the primary reasons is the surge in opioid addiction.
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