The first step to provide back pain relief should be to see your doctor. A typical course of treatment for the pain of a muscle spasm or back injury would be the following:
- Bed rest for a day or two
- Local application of either heat or cold, depending on the type of injury
- A massage of the area, especially for a muscle spasm
- An over-the-counter pain medication such as Advil, or a muscle relaxant such as Robaxacet®
After the initial symptoms are treated, your doctor may show you some exercises designed to strengthen the back muscles.
What can I do to try to avoid back pain?
Proper lifting techniques and the right exercises can help both those who have never experienced back muscle pain, as well as chronic sufferers. Here are a few tips broken down by category:
- Always, always, always bend at the knees and not at the waist
- Never twist while lifting
- Avoid lifting anything above shoulder level
- Get help with lifting heavy objects
- Change positions often
- Walk with erect posture and wear comfortable shoes
- When sitting, place both feet on the floor with your knees at least as high as your hips, and firmly against the back of the chair
- When driving, move your seat close enough to allow your feet to reach the pedals easily, and drive with both hands on the wheel
Work out the kinks
- Do your exercises every day
- Lose weight if necessary
- Take breaks often to avoid overworking your back
For more information on back pain, visit www.backrelief.com, also from the makers of Advil.