Ask The Expert
December 05, 2012
Did your husbandís back pain developed after doing sit-ups? Then it is likely due to muscle injury or spasm.
Still, there are many other causes of back pain. They range from the common and benign (such as overuse or osteoarthritis) to more serious causes (including osteoporosis with fracture or a bone infection).
If his symptoms do not improve quickly or if new symptoms develop (such as fever or leg weakness), he should see his doctor promptly.
There are a number of over-the-counter treatments for back pain. These include:
Non-drug treatments can also help. These include:
You asked about over-the-counter options. But prescription drugs can be quite helpful for back pain. These include higher doses of ibuprofen or naproxen, muscle relaxants and more powerful pain relievers.
Finally, itís worth emphasizing that there are better exercises for the abdominal muscles than traditional sit-ups. Core exercises, such as push-ups and leg lifts, may accomplish more with less pain and risk of injury.
If your husband continues to experience back problems, he could consider an exercise program designed by an experienced trainer or physical therapist. Itís ilikely a safer bet than slogging through a routine of sit-ups.