What to do if your back hurts?

Did she suddenly have severe back pain? Of course, in such a situation, it is better to go to a medical institution. But what to do if the pain is very strong and you want to eliminate it yourself as soon as possible? With the recommendations described in the article, you can significantly alleviate the patient's condition and further take care of the health of the back.

What not to do if you have severe back and spine pain?

back pain with sedentary work

Severe back pain can occur as a result of an injury or pinch to a large nerve that runs from the spine. Pain sensations arise in different parts, but most often in the lumbosacral area. Sometimes severe pain occurs in perfectly healthy young people as a result of careless movements, heavy lifting, or hypothermia. In such cases, a person may feel pain immediately or after a few hours.

If back pain occurs, you cannot:

  • It is also not recommended to use mustard plasters, pepper plaster, bischofita, hot ointments to treat the back from exposure to high temperatures in a sauna or hot bath.
  • You should not independently use, without a prescription, powerful medications such as novocaine blockade (injecting novocaine into the affected area). Such manipulations will relieve pain, but at the same time the possibility of further injury to the nerve remains. Also, during the visit to the doctor, strong pain relief will complicate the diagnosis and further treatment.
  • Wait and wait for the pain to go away on its own. Relapses, which will be more difficult to cure than the first attack, are not excluded. If you endure the pain for a long time, the pinched nerve may die partially or completely and it will take several years to recover.
  • Get regular physical activity - Complications can arise.

First aid for the patient with acute back pain.

back pain when lifting weights

Treatment of back pain is conventionally divided into 2 types: with the use of drugs and without drugs. If you need to get a quick effect, the best form of treatment would be to take medicine:

  • analgesics;
  • medications that relieve muscle spasms;
  • vitamin complexes;
  • chondroprotectors.

If you have severe back pain, using pain relievers will help ease the pain in a short time. The form of release of funds: tablets, gels, ointments and injections. The choice depends on the nature of the pain and the doctor's recommendation.

It is necessary to take vitamin complexes to protect nerve fibers from adverse external influences and strengthen cells.

The next step is to eliminate muscle spasms with the help of drugs intended for this purpose. This will help relieve pressure on the roots of the spinal cord and relieve cramps. In this way, you can eliminate the cause of severe pain and not just hide it.

The composition of chondroprotectors includes glucosamines and chondroitins, which are contained in the cartilaginous tissue of the joints and intervertebral discs. If the inflammatory process was the main cause of back pain, then the proportion of the presence of these substances decreases, respectively, it is necessary to restore the volume lost due to drugs.

There are other methods of treatment, without the use of drugs:

  • If your back hurts, massage can help as an emergency. The specialist works all the muscles, since the epicenter of the pain is not necessarily the cause of them. Massage helps eliminate muscle spasms, improves blood circulation. The main contraindication of the procedure is the presence of tumors, in other cases it is advisable to consult a doctor.
  • Acupuncture and acupuncture procedures are common methods of back pain relief. When performed by an experienced physician, they quickly localize pain.
  • The work of a chiropractor is harder, acts on bone structures and can fix the vertebrae and joints. Manual therapy method is contraindicated for people suffering from infectious or inflammatory diseases of the spine, spinal cord, stroke, cancer, hypertension. As a result of the work of a chiropractor, the pain becomes stronger, but this pain is useful, it indicates that the muscles are relaxed.

Thus, it can relieve pain attacks in emergency situations, but in any case, a doctor's consultation is required.

The sooner treatment begins, the better. The patient will get rid of unnecessary suffering, and stagnation will not develop in the spine, the intervertebral discs will not degrade, and the treatment process itself, with timely access to a medical institution, will take less time than with neglected disease.

Prevent severe back pain by exercising

medical exam for back pain

Then, with the help of a specialist, the back is put in order, to prevent severe pain in the future, you need to make some adjustments to your regimen and observe it regularly.

  • First of all, physical overload and hypothermia should be avoided.
  • You can not lift heavy weights and participate in strength training in the gym, do jerky movements and twists, backbends that load the back.
  • Riding a bicycle or cycling is undesirable, that is, axial loads in the back area should be avoided. Women will have to give up high heels.
  • Perform a series of specially selected exercises aimed at strengthening your back every day. Stretching and relaxation activities are good. The movements should be done smoothly, slowly and correctly. In the training process, you must focus on your feelings.

A set of exercises for therapeutic gymnastics is developed together with a doctor, taking into account the patient's condition. Spinal traction can be done at home without professional equipment. To perform the exercise, you need to lie on the floor on your stomach, put a pillow under your stomach. Lie down like this for about an hour, the pain should go away.

If the pain is not too pronounced, you can relax your back using a regular horizontal bar. You need to hang onto it, completely relaxing your back and feeling all the muscles. The spine will stretch and the muscles will relax.

Yoga can help reduce stubborn back pain. It is important to find a good coach here. During exercise, there should be no pain or discomfort. Exercise helps relax all the muscles. For people with back problems, yoga therapy is the most suitable.

Another new trend is Pilates. This type of training is quite effective. The trainer should be advised of the client's back problems and the goals set for him to correctly select the set of exercises.

Not everyone knows this type of training as qigong. According to some doctors, qigong includes good gymnastic exercises to strengthen the back. Qigong and Pilates are similar, both intended to exercise all areas of the back.

You can just go to the gym. But here you need to be very careful not to get the opposite effect instead of recovery. Exercises to strengthen the back should be selected with the participation of a competent trainer with experience with such clients, taking into account their medical history.

It should be remembered that long-term statistical loads adversely affect the health of the back, therefore you need to establish the correct mode of work and rest.