Ayurvedic Treatment for low back pain generally depends on whether the pain is acute or chronic.
Acute LBP (Lower Back Pain) often resolves within a short time. It is treated with muscle relaxants or anti-inflammatory drugs. Applying hot or cold compresses also help with pain relief. Chronic pain most often requires a thorough diagnostic workup to understand the root cause so that it can be addressed effectively. Patients with chronic back pain are treated with a combination of medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. Physical therapy for chronic low back pain usually includes regular exercise for improving fitness and flexibility. For more severe cases, tractions, epidural injections or even surgery maybe recommended by orthopaedics to aid pain relief.
While Ayurvedic treatment comprising of Medication, Oil applications is often enough for back pain due to muscle related issues, severe low back pain for which surgery has been recommended also, responds well to Ayurvedic massages and Therapies like Podikkizhi (Herbal powder massage), Ilakkaizhi (Herbal leaves massage), kativasthi (Pooling medicated oil in the back), Pizhichil (Pouring medicated oils as a stream), Nhavarakkizhi (Massage with rice boiled in medicated milk) and most importantly Kashaya Vasthi (enema with medicated decoctions) and Ksheeravasthi (Enema with medicated milk). When recommended and supervised by experienced Ayurvedic physicians, these therapies are very effective in relieving the symptoms, strengthening the back and preventing back pain in the most severe cases as well.