Three Tips to Treat Acute Lower Back Pain

What do you do when you’ve hurt your lower back? Acute lower back pain can greatly interfere with everyday life. The sooner you address it, the quicker you’ll heal, and less likely to have long-term effects!

  1. Get adjusted right away! Waiting to get adjusted, whether it’s because of the fear of pain or thinking it’ll just go away on its own, can lead to more significant issues. Fixing the issue and putting your spine back into alignment will not only allow the injury to heal faster, but it will heal correctly! Sometimes, the pain will subside over time without correction, but the problem is still there and will not only cause pain in the future but can begin to cause issues with other parts of your body as well!
  2. ICE, ICE, ICE. Ice is important when treating acute injury because it slows the blood flow to the area, allowing any inflammation and swelling to calm down. When icing, be sure to ONLY leave ice on for 15 minutes at a time, no longer. Leaving ice on for extended periods of time can cause tissue damage. Allow your body to recover from the cold, at least 15 minutes, before applying ice again.
  3. Movement is important! We know that any sort of movement can cause pain, but it’s important to keep moving. Light walks and everyday movement will keep the area from tightening further and causing more pain.

Lower back pain and injuries are not only a nuisance to everyday life, they can lead to bigger issues later. One of the most common reasons people seek disability stems from a lower back injury. Don’t wait to get the injury treated!

If you are suffering from lower back pain, whether it’s a recent injury or an older one, give us a call! We can help!

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Dr. Erik and Dr. Patricia


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