Acute Lower Back Pain - What Can You Do About It?
Written By: Mary Ables
Have you been suffering from an acute lower back pain? Maybe you have
overstretched your back muscles or ligaments due to some sudden,
strenuous physical movements such as improperly lifting of a heavy object.
I have suffered from a right side back pain. The pain is most severe
immediately after the injury. But sometimes, it gets worse gradually over
the next few hours.
So, what can you do about your acute lower back pain? There are various
options you can look at. But, the first thing you need to do is to determine how
severe is your acute lower back ache. Do you need to see a doctor about this
condition? You should consult one immediately if you experience numbness or
having difficulty moving, are pregnant, are above 60 years old, or develop
further conditions such as a severe headache or fever, and impairment or loss of
If your acute lower back pain is not so severe and does not result in further
complications, then you can consider self-treatment at home.
The first thing that many people would go for is a complete rest in bed.
However, this may not be the best option. It is better to go about your normal
daily activities, but at a slower pace. However, you must be careful to avoid
what may have, in the first place, caused your back pain. Light activities will
speed up the healing process. A little rest will do no harm, but avoid lying down
for too long a time.
You may want to use hot and cold compresses to help ease the acute lower back
pain. Start with the cold compresses first. Wrap an ice pack with a thin piece of
cloth and apply it to the affected area for about 20 minutes. Do this several
times a day. This will reduce the swelling and inflammation, and slows down
the nerve impulses at the injured area. Once the muscle spasms and acute pain
subsided, you can use hot compresses to loosen the tight muscles. You may use
a heating pad or taking a warn bath for this purpose.
Exercise can help to pre