Coping with back pain can seem like a daunting challenge, particularly if you need to perform routine tasks such as caring for children, driving, and handling a full-time job.
Here are a few tips to help you cope with injury-related back pain and hopefully, find some relief.
When you have back pain, something as normal and easy as sleeping can become challenging. You may find that when your back pain is bad, you can’t go to sleep.
Then, when you don’t sleep, your back pain might get worse. To injury victims this is a horrific vicious cycle, but it doesn’t always have to be.
Bad posture often exacerbates back pain. This is true especially if you tend to sit for long periods of time.
Two types of over-the-counter pain relievers can help those struggling with injury-related back pain.
It is believed that these drugs have an impact on pain signals in the body, thereby helping alleviate pain.
Physical therapists can help you move in a certain manner that prevents you from putting added stress and strain on your back. They can also teach you specific exercises that can help make core muscles stronger.
A strong core is also one of the best ways to keep future back pain at bay. When you increase strength, endurance, and flexibility, back pain decreases. However, strengthening your body could take time.
Back in the day, doctors used to recommend bed rest for back pain. However, modern research has shown that lying still actually worsens back pain.
In fact, not moving around could result in other types of complications. If you are in a lot of pain, do not rest for more than one or two days. It is important that you get up and gradually start moving again.
Try mild exercises such as walking, swimming and yoga. Exercise has been determined as one of the most effective ways to relieve back pain quickly.
Regularly applying ice and heat to painful areas on your back may help reduce pain and inflammation from an injury. Whether it’s ice or heat, apply it for up to 20 minutes each time.
Acupuncture is said to be one of the best alternative treatments for back pain. It is a procedure based in Chinese medicine that involves inserting thin needles at specific points of your body to help relieve pain.
The relief you experience from each session may last anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks. Acupuncture can be particularly helpful if you have muscle spasms or nerve pain.
Your doctor may recommend spinal injections to help alleviate back pain. There are a number of different types of injections doctors specializing in pain medicine might use for pain relief.
For example, a corticosteroid injection could help relieve inflammation, which might be causing the pain. The doses of medicine you receive will typically depend on the type of injection you get.
Sometimes, surgery may be your best option to regain functioning. If a bulging disc is putting pressure on a nerve, your doctor might recommend surgery to remove some disc material.
Surgery may also help decompress an area where the pressure is being exerted on the spinal cord or nerves. In some cases, spinal fusion may be done to help stabilize the spine.
All surgeries carry risks. So they are usually the last resort when it comes to easing back pain.
If your chronic back pain was caused by a traumatic event or as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for current and ongoing treatment expenses, wages lost due to workdays missed and other damages.
An experienced, local injury attorney will be able to help you secure maximum compensation and hold the at-fault parties accountable.
Attorney Tim Ryan, author of "The Personal Injury Victim's Bible", has assisted thousands of injury victims, obtaining more than $1 billion for his clients collectively since 1981.
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