Back pain is incredibly common. More than 26 million people between the ages of 20 and 64 suffer frequent back pain and it is the biggest cause of disability in people over 45. More than 80 percent of adults will suffer from it at some point in their lives and it is the top cause of chronic pain. If you suffer from back problems, there is good news as pain relief is available and recovery is possible.
Here are some tips to help with your pain:
Get moving. Bed rest is one of the worst things you can do if you injure your back. You need to strengthen your muscles and you lose muscle mass when you are in bed.
Try over the counter pain medication. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen will reduce the swelling and help with the pain.
Try hot and cold compresses. Ice will help immediately after the injury to numb pain and heat later can stimulate blood flow and ease the aches.
Lift with your knees! If you have to lift something, bend at the knee. Also, hold the item close to you; it will put less pressure on your back.
If your pain is severe or doesn’t get any better within a few days, see a doctor.