When you initially develop low back pain a few questions come up. Do I need bed rest? What exercises should I perform? What pain should I seek help for immediately? Here is a few facts and tips about low back pain for the first six weeks:
- More than two days of bed rest is often more harmful than helpful
- Use a supportive lumbar roll or ergonomic chair while sitting or driving
- Be careful not to bend and twist for first 1-2hours after waking up in the morning. At this time most back pain sufferers have the greatest chance of re-
- Don’t sit or drive for longer than 30 minutes at a time!
- In most cases try and sleep on your back with three or more pillows under your legs so that the hips and knees are both flexed 80 to 90 degrees- studies show this places the least amount of pressure on the lumbar spine/lower back
- According to research Xrays and MRIs are not often necessary or helpful in early stages low back pain
- Keep as active as you can without increasing your pain significantly- Just because you have pain does not mean stop moving!
- Understand what activities increase intensity of low back pain
- If you experience pain bel0w your knees, weakness, balance problems, changes in bowel and bladder changes or severe seek medical help immediately, altered urination patterns
- Spinal manipulation in first six weeks may be beneficial for certain patients
- May use Non-steriodal Anti-inflammatories or Acetaminophen for pain control if allowed by your doctor
These are some general guidelines for low back pain and if low back pain persists you should seek a formal examination by a orthopedic physical therapist. Keep in mind persistent low back pain can be an indication in some cases of infection, cancer, or other more serious conditions.
Apex Orthopedic Rehabilitation in Paramus, NJ provides orthopedic and sports physical therapy services for the greater Ridgewood, Paramus, and Bergen County region. This blog is intended for informational purposes only and should not be used for diagnostic or prescriptive purposes. The views expressed here are the author’s views and should be taken as suggestions. Always consult your physician before engaging in a physical therapy or rehabilitative regimen