Take NSAIDS (Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). Taking an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or naproxen can help reduce inflammation. If you're breastfeeding, talk to your baby's pediatrician before you take ibuprofen or naproxen because a small amount of the medication can pass into breast milk. How a health care professional can help It's important to keep up with the medical news that affects your health and well-being. It's even better when the facts come directly from the more than 8,000 doctors and researchers at Harvard Medical School. There is no more trustworthy source of medical research articles and advice than the Harvard Health Letter. I have been a podiatric physician and surgeon specializing in the care of the feet and ankles for 38 years. In the past decade, I have watched the incidence of heel pain assume an epidemic-size magnitude. The common thread in most all types of heel pain is a hereditary foot imbalance that causes overuse and strain of the foot supporting structures which contain a quarter of all the bones in the body (26 in each foot) over a hundred ligaments and many tendons, vessels, and nerves. This intricate network of anatomical parts must be balanced properly in order to prevent foot, leg, hip, and back pain. Choi et al (2007) performed a prospective analysis of the first 20 patients operated for cervical radiculopathy by a new modification of trans-corporeal anterior cervical foraminotomy technique. To evaluate early results of a functional disc surgery in which decompression for the cervical radiculopathy is done by drilling a hole in the upper vertebral body and most of the disc tissue is preserved. A total of 20 patients suffering from cervical radiculopathy not responding to conservative treatment were chosen for the new technique. Upper vertebral trans-corporeal foraminotomy was performed with the modified technique in all the patients. All the patients experienced immediate/early relief of symptoms. Some nutritional supplements can effectively relieve back pain without producing the undesirable side effects or having the potential for addiction that many prescription medications do. According to Cure Back Pain,cure-backpain.org, many supplements not only help to alleviate back pain, they can also help improve a person's overall health. Sudden sharp back pain can be a symptom of many conditions and injuries. Diagnosing the problem will first depend upon the location on your back where the pain is located. Causes for sharp sudden back pain can range from a pulled muscle to life-threatening conditions. Pain can radiate and mimic other conditions than that of the origin. Pain from vertebral fractures and subsequent muscle pain can be treated in a number of ways. Exercises to strengthen bone and muscle may reduce pain by reducing future fractures and by strengthening muscles. Medications to increase bone density, such as bisphosphonates, can reduce the risk of fractures. Anti-inflammatory medications and narcotic medications can decrease severe back pain. Calcium and vitamin D supplementation also help maintain and build bone. On the same note, we need to pay attention to sugar consumption, because this directly causes inflammation. Next time you eat sugar, head to a yoga class and see if you notice a change in flexibility of the joints. Sugar is inflammatory!