How to Recover From a Back Injury

There is a number of factors that can cause a back injury. From sports injuries to car accidents or a simple wrong motion which can cause you to strain your back muscles or hurt your back in some other ways. This type of injury can seriously affect the quality of your life and needs to be addressed in a proper and timely manner.

Regardless of your lifestyle, you’ll probably want to go back to your normal life as soon as possible and not have to lie in bed or move super slowly. All this can become really frustrating and annoying. So what is the best way to actually get rid of this unpleasant pain and get firmly back on your feet? Let’s see a few methods that can help you speed up your recovery.

Cool Down

The first thing you can do to help yourself after a back injury is to apply ice pack on the injured spot. This should help you reduce the pain and potential swelling. Do this for the next 2 or 3 days, every 3 or 4 hours and keep ice for around 20 minutes. Of course, if you immediately notice the injury is really serious, or if you notice the pain and swelling don’t decrease after 2 or 3 days, make sure you ask for professional help and visit your general practitioner.

Bring Back the Heat

Once you are done with the ice therapy, you should start applying heat to your back. Of course, only in case the cooling part went successfully and gave the expected results of reducing the swelling and pain. To heat your back you can simply dip yourself in a hot bath. Also, you can use electric heating pads or a bottle of hot water. Moreover, you can try using a cream or a gel with the heating effect and cover that part of your back with a towel or some other cloth in order to keep that spot warm.

Use Painkillers If You Must

If the pain is really persistent and unsupportable, turn to painkillers, but only after consultations with your general practitioner. Make sure you don’t take them on your own. Painkillers will give you some relieve, relax the muscles and enable you to dosome light exercise to restore the normal mobility of your back. You need to understand that they will ease the pain, but they won’t treat the cause of the pain, so they are just a temporary reprieve.

Still, they shouldn’t be your first option and should only be used if really necessary. Also, they should be taken only occasionally, unless prescribed differently by your doctor. Some of the painkillers that are specifically good for the back pain and swelling reduction are Advil, Motrin or Aleve, which belong to the group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Visit a Chiropractor

This is something your general practitioner may recommend. Spinal manipulation can be the right solution for your pain. All you need is a good chiropractor, and the best way to choose one is to ask your doctor or your friends who have had similar problems for a recommendation. Alternatively, you can go to a center you know is renowned and has a good reputation, like That way you’ll know you are in the right hands. You can also try physiotherapy, again, if recommended by your doctor. The right light exer          cise could do miracles for your hurt back.

All these methods are efficient on their own, but of course, it is always best to combine them all in order to get the best possible results. Try a little bit of everything that’s suggested and see your back get back in shape sooner than you could have hoped for.  Also, chiropractic and physiotherapy could also serve as prevention which may put your back in an even better shape than before the injury, and in that way reduce the odds of a similar thing happening to you any time soon.

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