There is nothing more disconcerting than to be moving normally one minute and the next – OUCH! Your back has gone into spasm, Back pain!
Unfortunately this is something which can happen to most of us and when it does happen it can be quite frightening. Back pain and neck pain are not nice!
The reason why your back can suddenly ‘go’ can be put down to a multitude of different reasons, the majority of which can be fixed quite quickly. The most important thing is not to panic.
There are a few easy steps that you can try for immediate relief:
Keep moving!! This will prevent the joints and muscles from seizing up too much. You do not want to spend more than 30 minutes in one position. Although this may be painful it will NOT do the back any damage.
Use icepacks, ideally a gel based ice pack from the freezer. If you don’t have one of these a pack of peas can also do a good job. Next, wrap the ice pack in a tea towel and put it onto the sore area for 20 minutes. Now leave it off for an hour and then repeat. This can be done throughout the first 24 hours.
The next part to think about is some pain relief from over the counter drugs. You need to be taking an anti-inflammatory and a painkiller if needed. You should consult your GP or pharmacist if you need any more information about medication.
See a chiropractor as soon as possible. The quicker you come and see us the easier it is for us to get you up and about, find the cause of the problem and help to avoid any recurrences.
The above are the four simple rules which I follow when a patient has acute neck pain, acute low back pain or sciatica.
If this has happened to you Book online now at the Surbiton Chiropractor.