Back Sprain & Marijuana
What is a back sprain?
Getting a back sprain is not a fun injury to have. Back sprains are caused when there is some sort of damage to the muscle or the ligaments. It might sound like a serious injury but the resulting pain that follows can get very severe. Depending on the severity of the sprain they can result in torn ligaments, tendons, and even torn muscles. When the muscles have sprained the area will start to become inflamed, which will then led to back spasms. These spasms are what cause people to have difficulty moving around and also causes a severe amount of pain. In some cases, people will experience pain in other parts of their body like their legs and butts. Continue to explore how the medical condition / ailment back sprain can be treated with medical marijuana.
A back sprain usually happens in several different ways, but no matter how you injure your back, it can still really mess up your back. The most common way to injure your back is by putting undue stress on your back. One of the ways is when you are using improper lifting techniques. Another way is when sudden movements are made while lifting heavy objects that you are not used to lifting. Sport injuries, from sports that involve twisting like golf, can also cause people to strain their back. Back sprains can also be a caused by falling or other accidents. In most cases throwing out, your back will send you to a chiropractor where they will have to put it back into place. Most of these injuries are easy to prevent but there are still a lot of people who injure their backs every day.
While these back injuries will eventually heal themselves, they will take a long time to get better. The best thing to do for the sprain is to follow a doctor's orders. Doctors will thoroughly exam your back by using X-Rays, MRIs and sometimes CT scans. Most doctors will suggest that you should ice and rest your back, and after 2 to 3 days, after the swelling has gone down you can start to apply to heat.
If the pain is really bad the doctor will prescribe them medicine to help with the pain. Some will just tell you to take over the counter anti-inflammatory medicine while other doctors will prescribe you something stronger, like a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug such as Vicodin or Oxycodone. While both will help with the pain, the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) cannot be taken on an empty stomach otherwise, they could cause nausea or other gastric problems. The only downside to using these non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are the side effects that come with them. Some the side effects that can occur are vomiting, dizziness and nausea. Which can be difficult to handle when you are suffering from intense pain from your back injury. If your pain continues then taking NSAIDs for long periods of time can cause other gastrointestinal symptoms. In some cases, if the back sprain is serious enough the doctor might order a brace and a spinal injection to help with the high level of pain. Sometimes people will look for a non-traditional route to help them manage the pain.
Using medical marijuana for back sprains
Non-traditional medicine seekers will find that taking medical marijuana through a topical solution will be the best way to help with back sprain pain. Depending on the state and whether or not it is legalized, there are marijuana dispensaries that should have the ingredients on hand so that you are able to make it yourself. Since this is a topical solution, it should not be ingested and there will be no psychoactive effect. This means that you will able to go about your day normally and in way less pain. This medical marijuana rub is similar to IcyHot or BenGay. The cannabis oil is usually mixed with aloe vera or beeswax balm, which will come together to form a thick paste, that can be applied to the injured areas. Using marijuana in a cream form will also help decrease inflammation in your injury area. If your injury is in a place that you are able to easily reach yourself, you can apply it yourself. Just rub it in over the injured area, and pull on an old shirt so that it does not stain your other clothes. For the first few days move slowly and carefully throughout the house and try to avoid lifting things. That way you are able to give your back a rest which helps speed up the healing process.
They do this because they want a more natural remedy for controlling the pain, and that way they do not have to deal with the side effects that arise with other medicines. While medical marijuana does have a few side effects, they are less severe than those that are caused by taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Medical marijuana is not an addictive substance, unlike many of the NSAIDs that are out on the market today.
A research study was done at the University of Colorado's Spine Center. It looked at 200 patients that were suffering from degenerative disc and other back pain problems. Out of the participants that took marijuana around 89% said that it moderately relieved their back pain, and worked better than any narcotic painkillers they have tried. Another study that was done in the District of Columbia showed that using marijuana does, in fact, help people be better able to manage their pain. It did this by doing 6 trials, with 325 patients in each group that were suffering from neuropathic pain and multiple sclerosis and how marijuana helped them with their pain. There is still a lot more research that needs to be done on the effects that medical marijuana has on back sprains.
If you have problems finding a dispensary or a medical marijuana doctor, then it might not be legal in your state. Check our MarijuanaDoctors.com to find a provider near you. Do not let back pain keep you from living your life, and look into medical marijuana today.