What to do if you have acute back pain.
If you have ever had an episode of acute low back pain you will know that all of a sudden all of your friends and relations are an expert on the subject. They all want to give you advice on what you should and shouldn’t do, much of it contradictory and all of it confusing.
Well, here are a few pointers to what is generally advisable and what is not. It should be said however that there are few hard and fast rules about what to do when you have back pain. If in doubt call your local chiropractor. Acute low Back pain is just about the worst pain you will ever experience that is not likely to result in either a baby or your premature demise; read on for a few tips on how to avoid making it worse:
Do keep moving – more on exercise here.
Do go and see your local chiropractor soon.
Do use ice for discomfort only for 15 minutes and not more than every hour.
Do pick up the phone - If you are one of our patients pick up the phone to Keith Walker and he will be able to advise you.
Don't sit in a car either as a passenger or driver for any longer than you have to.
Don't continue with domestic chores or keep up with the garden in the first week or two of acute low back pain.
Don't soak in a hot bath – it usually feels good but involves sitting with your legs out straight.
Don't sleep on your front.
Don't swim breaststroke.
Don't do any sit-ups – a variation on the sit-up should be done when you are better.
Don't get depressed - almost all back pain is temporary. Unless you are very unlucky you will be well again.