If you’ve never had a lower back problem, you probably won’t quite understand the amount of pain it can cause. Being unable to straighten your back or even walk properly leaves you with limited options on what to do next, at least in the short term.
There are plenty of people who live with back spasms and other issues and it’s one of the most common complaints we see at our Ealing chiropractor clinic – The Spine & Joint Centre.
What to Do When You Suddenly Have a Back Issue
Back spasms and back pain can be caused by a wide range of issues with the spine, ligaments and muscles but they are generally mechanical or non-specific. Discomfort ranges from a nagging pain low down on the back to something more excruciating and debilitating.
The pain can come on gradually or occur suddenly. For example, people who suffer regular back pain may find something as simple as sitting on a cold surface starts a spasm.
Depending on the level of pain and how much mobility you have, there are a few things that you can do to ease the initial discomfort.
Finding a Comfortable Position
If there’s a lot of pain, the first thing that most people do is try and find a comfortable position that doesn’t hurt so much. There is a limit to what you can do here simply because of the lack of mobility. The good news is that your pain will subside if you give it time. If there’s nothing you can do, it’s important to let the spasm subside until you can move more freely.
Why Being Active is Important
While the initial spasm may leave you prone on the bed or sofa, it’s important to keep active once that pain subsides enough to move. It used to be thought that plenty of rest was the best way to improve a back condition but actually staying active and moving around is more important. It may be difficult early on but will help ease symptoms eventually.
Taking Pain Killers
The first thing those with sudden back problems tend to do is reach for some pain killers. Non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen help but they are not suitable for everyone. If you are not sure, it’s best to consult your GP who may be able to prescribe an alternative. Make sure, however, you stay within the recommended dosage, however painful you back is.
Some find that hot and cold packs used alternately can help ease their pain or taking a hot bath makes a difference.
Exercise for the Back
There are a number of gentle exercises and stretches that can help improve your pack pain once it has eased. These can also help stop a spasm or problem occurring again in the future.
A simple exercise is the bottom to heel stretch. Get down on all fours with your knees under your hips and hands under shoulders. Keep your back and neck as straight as possible and then move your bottom back towards your heel in a gentle stretch.
The NHS has a useful page with simple lower back exercises that you can see here.
Seeing Your Ealing Chiropractor
You don’t have to wait until your pain has subsided to go and see your local Ealing Chiropractor at the Spine and Joint Centre. Spinal manipulation can be used to improve back pain and relieve your symptoms.
The first thing our chiropractor will do is assess and diagnose what problem is causing your lower back pain and determine whether chiropractic manipulation is a suitable solution in the first place.
Chiropractic interventions can be used to help both with a sudden attack of pain in the back as well as chronic conditions that may have been affecting you for some time. If you live in the Ealing or Harrow area and need a chiropractor to assess your back pain, book an appointment with the Spine and Joint Centre today.