You may know someone whose back has “gone out.” It may even have happened to you. Back pain may make it hard for you to follow your regular routine. The good news is that there are steps you can take immediately to help relieve the pain. And, in most cases, acute back pain will improve on its own when you take care of it properly. Of course,
don’t hesitate to call us at Brightmore PT to make an appointment.
Non-Medicare and non-work compensation patients can book an appointment
without a prescription
from a doctor, due to the Direct Access Law. We’d be happy to discuss details and help you get the care you need.
Dos and Don’ts of Low Back Pain
When acute back pain strikes, follow the simple guidelines below:
Do apply ice for 15 to 20 minutes every 2 hours.
Do avoid movements that hurt; but move as much as you can.
Do try an anti-inflammatory pain reliever. Ibuprofen or naproxen may help relieve mild pain. It may also help decrease inflammation. Your doctor can tell you which anti-inflammatory medicine would be best for you.
Do call your health care practitioner if your pain worsens or doesn’t improve in the first 48 hours. Or call if you feel changes such as numbness or muscle weakness.
Do see immediate medical care if:
Your back pain is the result of a severe injury or fall.
You notice a loss of bowel or bladder control.
You have sudden severe loss of sensation or function in your lower body.
You have an unexplained fever with your back pain.
Don’t apply heat for the first 48 hours.
Don’t bend, twist, or lift.
Don’t stay in bed or completely avoid all activity.
These dos and don’ts can help you take care of yourself when acute back pain happens. Be sure to talk to your health care practitioner if you have any questions, notice any of the symptoms in the list above, or have repeated episodes of back pain. Ask your health care practitioner if there are any tests, referrals, or treatments (
especially physical therapy
) that might be helpful to use along with your current treatment plan. At Brightmore PT, we can decrease your pain/muscle spasm and give you exercises for stretching and strengthening. Our goal is to get you back to normal activities and prevent a repeat episode in the future. We can also give you tips on correct form for lifting and posture.