Practical Answers to Common Questions Related to Back Pain
What should I do when I have back pain?
Unless your pain is very severe, keep moving. You may continue daily activities such as showering and washing dishes, however, pace your activities. The presence of back pain doesn’t necessarily mean you are harming yourself by moving. Brief periods of slow walking will generally reduce stiffness and soreness. Walking should probably be limited to 20 minutes or less initially. Apply ice for comfort, as needed. Check with your physician or therapist for further help.
Should I use ice or heat?
We recommend ice applications to cool body tissues, minimizing swelling and pain. Ice application is most effective if applied several times throughout the day for 10 to 15 minutes. Heat has the opposite effect, and tends to feel good initially but the therapeutic benefit appears limited.
Will exercise help my recovery?
We at SpineCare believe the most important aspect of your recovery will be exercise. An exercise program should be designed for your individual needs. Regular participation in your exercise program will speed your recovery and improve your health. There is no treatment that can take the place of exercise. Research suggests that regular exercise may prevent back injuries from recurring.
When should I seek medical attention for my neck or back pain?
Most back pain lasts for a limited time and goes away without special treatment. However, if you have weakness, pain going down your arm(s) or leg(s) and/or pain lasting for more than a few weeks, a doctor should be consulted.