The back is a complex structure of inter-related components: the bones (the vertebrae), the discs between the vertebrae, and the muscles and ligaments that support it all. Back pain is very common, and usually occurs in the lower back. Most people have it at some point in their lives, and in the majority of cases it will get better on its own.
If you are suffering from back pain Bristol Chiropractic Clinic can provide a few tips:
It used to be thought that complete rest was the best treatment for back pain, but more recent research has found that people who remain active are likely to recover more quickly, so it’s helpful to carry on as normally as possible.
Use Your Back Sensibly so as Not to Make Things Worse
Bend your knees and hips, not your back. Never twist and bend at the same time. Always lift and carry objects close to your body to avoid straining your back. Use a chair with a backrest and sit with your feet flat on the floor or with a footrest.
Over-the-counter painkillers can help relieve symptoms and make you feel better. Many people also find cold or hot compression packs to be useful.
If Simple Measures Do Not Help and You’re Not Getting Better ]If you’re concerned, or if things have not improved after six weeks, you might consider visiting your GP, who might prescribe stronger painkillers, or recommend other treatment.
You might also consider other forms of therapy such as acupuncture, physiotherapy, osteopathy or chiropractic. Many people find that these can be very helpful.
When Might Back Pain Be Serious?
Very rarely, back pain can be a sign of a more serious problem. If you have back pain and a high fever, chest pain, unexplained weight loss, loss of bladder or bowel control, inability to pass urine, or numbness around your genitals, buttocks or anal region, or if the pain travels down your legs below your knees, you should seek urgent medical attention.
If the pain is constant and doesn’t improve when you lie down, if it’s worse at night, or if there is a swelling or deformity in your back, or if it started after an accident, you should get prompt medical attention too.
Fortunately, most back pain is not serious and will improve with simple measures. Many people prefer not to see a doctor to begin with. If you are in Bristol and suffer from back pain Bristol Chiropractic Clinic offer treatment which can help relieve your problem, so why not give them a call?