The Dos and Don'ts of Minor Back Injuries
By Sara Butler
Almost every single person will do something to injure their back at some point in their lives – it seems rather inevitable. Many minor back injuries occur when lifting, bending, straining, twisting, or jerking your back in the wrong way. When that happens, what should you do in that moment? Well, here’s an essential list of dos and don’ts for when that moment occurs in your life!
Do: Stop What You’re Doing and Apply Ice
When you feel that twinge telling you something just isn’t right, you need to immediately stop what you’re doing and get an ice pack on the affected area as soon as you can. The ice will help to reduce inflammation and control your pain. Put an ice pack on the area for about 20 minutes at a time for the first two to three days. Also, lie flat on a hard surface in order to help your injured muscle relax and support your spine.
Don’t: Ignore the Pain and Hope it Will Go Away
Unless you want to turn what could be a minor injury into a major one, you should listen to your body. Don’t keep doing what you were doing and ignore it, thinking you’ll deal with it when you’re done. Make sure you let your body rest and repair before getting back to normal activity.
Do: See Your Chiropractor
No matter how minor you think your injury is, you need to go see your chiropractor. They can assess your injury and take a look at your spine to see if there’s any joint dysfunction or restriction that may have played a part in the injury. Getting help from your chiropractor can help you to get back to normal activities faster and get you on the road to healing.
Don’t: Forget How You Hurt Yourself
Don’t set yourself up for a repeat performance by failing to learn from your mistakes! Change the way you stand, lift, or position yourself when completing tasks in order to reduce your risk of reinjury from the same thing.
If you fear you’ve done more to your back than just a minor injury, or you lose control of your bladder or bowels in the aftermath of an injury, you should seek medical attention right way! When in doubt, go get it checked out!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.