Does back pain have you down? Whether you are experiencing back pain as a result of a fall, accident, or lifting a heavy object, it can be debilitating. Here are a few ways you can treat your back pain after an injury.
Rest: Take it easy for a few hours at the onset of your pain. It’s important that you listen to your body and rest when you need to. Avoid strenuous activity for a few days after your injury or until your pain subsides.
Heat & ice therapy: Apply ice to the affected area for the first 48 hours intermittently. This will help reduce inflammation and will help relieve pain. After 48 hours apply heat. Heat will promote proper blood flow and relax stiff muscles. Take a warm Epsom salts bath, which can help relieve sore muscles as well.
Sit/Sleep in proper alignment: When sitting, place a small pillow behind your back to provide you with support. While sleeping, place a pillow between your legs to keep your spine in better alignment.
Over-the-counter medications: Consider taking an NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug) such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Acetaminophen can help reduce pain as well.
Keep moving: Once you have rested after your initial injury, it’s important to remain active. Don’t overdo it, but let your muscles remain active. This will promote proper blood flow and help to avoid stiffness setting in.
Eat a well-balanced diet: A diet full of fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and whole grains can play a crucial role in healing after an injury. Avoid pre-packaged foods which contain additives that can delay your healing. Drink plenty of water and avoid soft drinks and alcohol. A healthy diet can provide your body with the nutrients it needs to heal.
Physical Therapy: Physical therapy can be used alone or in conjunction with other forms of treatment. It will help to strengthen muscles, stabilize the core, improve flexibility, and provide you with proper technique for your daily activities.
If you are experiencing back pain that will not subside or if you have numbness in your extremities, it’s crucial that you see your physician. Back pain left untreated can lead to complications. Your physician will complete a thorough evaluation so you can receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan. If you are suffering from back pain, contact Dr. Ramesh Chandra at the Center for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine for a consultation today!
Dr. Ramesh Chandra has been practicing orthopaedic surgery in the Washington DC Metropolitan area since 1984. The Center for Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is easily accessed from anywhere in the Washington DC metropolitan area, with offices located in Falls Church, Reston/Herndon, and Tysons Corner.