Minor Back Pain

At some point almost everyone will experience acute back pain as a result of increased strain on the body, from playing a sport for example, or lifting heavy objects in the wrong way.

This sudden pain will in most cases be minor at first, but then worsen over the next few hours, and continue to haunt you for a long time unless treatment is not applied immediately. Unfortunately for most people, the chances of them suffering from back pain a second time, even after successfully being treated the first time, are increased, and as such stricter measures must be taken to prevent re-injury.

Main causes of Back Pain

  • Increased stress
  • Sitting and standing with poor posture
  • Sudden and heavy physical movement
  • Sports related injuries and falls
  • Lifting with your back, as opposed to your knees
  • Sleeping in a bad position
  • Long periods of bending forward
  • Pregnancy
  • Overweight

Often people are unsure of just how serious their back pain is, and whether they have suffered a minor injury that can heal itself with a little rest, or whether they should seek medical help.

Serious causes for concern include:

  • A feeling of numbness in the back, and difficulty in moving various parts of the body
  • Getting a headache, or a fever
  • Pain in the chest or left arm
  • If you are pregnant
  • No improvement after 72 hours of rest

If the above are not evident, then there are some treatments that can be administered from your home. The obvious is resting, but too much rest can hurt the healing process. The best option is to allow a little time of lying down on a bed or a couch, but the mainly pursuing light activity that minimizes strain on the body, such a slow walks.

Applying a cold pack, or ice, onto the affected area can help to decrease inflammation of the muscles and tissue. This should be done for about 20 minutes several times a day. After 2 days apply heat to the affected area, either in the form of a heat pack, or by taking a warm bath. This will loosen the tightness of the muscle.

To help ease the pain during recovery, a pain relief pill, such as aspirin or ibuprofen, can be taken. If uncertain, ask your pharmacist for information on which would be best for you.

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