One of the worst things that can happen to you is to have your back fail you. There are about 31 million Americans that currently live with chronic back pain. Your friends or fellow coworkers notice you holding yourself straight or worse, seeing you walking hunched over a bit. When they ask what’s wrong? You tell them, oh, my back went out again. Anymore that’s getting to be a familiar phrase.
But what exactly does that mean?
The feeling is hard to describe: For you, it may be a twinge that causes tenderness and discomfort. Or, the pain might be so intense that it hurts to make even the slightest movement. It can be concentrated in a specific area or spread out. You might feel achiness, numbness and tingling in your butt and legs.
You can lower your chances of throwing your back out by maintaining a healthy lifestyle. That means getting regular exercise, losing weight, and reducing stress. And if you smoke, you should quit.
You can also protect your back by not lifting heavy objects. If you can’t avoid it, be sure lift the right way: Bend your knees and keep your back straight. It will keep you from pulling something or hurting your back.
It’s hard to know if or when your back will go out. It could happen while you’re moving furniture or shoveling snow. But even something as simple as sneezing or bending over to tie your shoe could trigger back spasms. I had mine go out when I was bending over in the car, putting a "Happy Meal" on the floor of my car. It was a pretty expensive, (recover-time-wise) meal for my kids!
When it happens, there are some simple things you can do to relieve your pain.
Rest (But Not For Too Long)
When it hurts to move, rest might seem like the right thing to do. But sitting still for too long might make the problem worse. To keep your back muscles from losing tone:
Lie down for no more than a few hours at a time.
When lying on your back, put pillows under your knees.
If you’re lying on your side, put the pillows between your knees . This will help to relieve pressure.
Get back to your normal daily activities as soon as possible.
Put an ice pack on your back for 10 to 20 minutes to reduce nerve activity, pain, and swelling. And be sure to wrap the ice pack in a towel to protect your skin. Now this is where we are able to offer a newer version of this recommended treatment by using our Physicool Bandage to the area that is causing you that painful discomfort. Physicool compression bandages draw heat away from inflammation and offer up to 2 and a half hours of cold therapy without needing to be frozen or refrigerated.
The long lasting Physicool Bandage provides a sense of cooling relief as the alcohols within the bandage react to your bodies heat and evaporates causing the heat to be withdrawn from the painful area. aims at strengthening the abdominal and back muscles. Use a Physicool bandage to reduce the pain and inflammation, without having the mess of a wet ice application.