Alleviating Neck and Back Pain
Whether you slept in the wrong position, improperly lifted something heavy, and moved oddly, back and neck pain can and will happen to just about everyone at some point or another.
When you injure your spine, you will be well aware of the pain because it is there with almost every movement. From walking to sitting and even lying in bed, neck or back pain will be present at all times, and patients need to engage in activities designed to help alleviate the pain and prevent it from getting worse.
At the office of our spine care specialist, Dr. Possley, we understand how challenging it can be to have your back or neck affected by pain, and we want to help you get back to your active lifestyle by doing the activities you love to do the most.
Our spine center has put together some tips on alleviating back and neck pain (or other symptoms associated with an injury) and some activities to avoid to keep your spine in the most optimal condition at every stage of your life.
Preventing Neck and Back Pain
If you have injured your spine or your back is sore to the point where you are having difficulty moving or sleeping, you certainly want to find ways to alleviate the discomfort and prevent it from returning in the future. Here are some recommended ways to care for your spine when you are dealing with an injury or discomfort:
Daily, an adult will engage in various activities and do many different things throughout their day. Whether it is going to your job, walking the dog, picking up the kids from school, making dinner, or any other normal activity, you put your body through plenty of work every day.
If you happen to have a physically stressful occupation or enjoy a tough physical activity, you will put even more stress on your body, and injuries may occur.
When you start feeling a painful sensation in your spine, you need to take it easy. Rest your back so that you do not cause any damage. Even professional athletes take a day off, and so should you!
Ice and Heat
If your painful back or neck is coming from a muscle or ligament strain, you can relieve the pressure and prevent further discomfort by utilizing ice and heat.
As a general rule, use ice for the first 48 hours to slow swelling and inflammation. Follow that with heat to increase blood flow to deep tissue and relax any muscle spasms.
Over-the-counter pain medications are excellent ways to alleviate discomfort and reduce inflammation caused by the body’s natural response to an injury.
Medications such as ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, and aspirin (all non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can be very effective in assisting with your relief.
Still, they should only be used for a short period (less than a week) to prevent any gastrointestinal issues from arising.
Physical Therapy and Massage
Even though you are injured, you will still want to keep your body and muscles moving in a limited way. Patients should take advantage of the many benefits of physical therapy and massage treatment.
Experts with extensive training in these services can help you stretch out muscles and recommend exercises designed to move your body in ways that keep you active but do not stress your back or neck to its breaking point.
Seek Medical Services
When in doubt, your best option is to seek out the highest level of quality medical care and treatment from a spine specialist such as our office at Dr. Possley.
He will examine your spine and determine the best treatment type to provide you relief and help you prevent further injuries. Trained spine doctors can also determine if the trauma your spine has suffered may need spine surgery to heal and recover fully.
Activities For Optimal Spine Care
If you have been treated for a back or neck issue, you know how important it is to engage in activities that promote a healthy spine and avoid activities that strain or stress your spine. Here are some things to keep in mind for optimal spine care:
- Do not slouch or hunch when you are sitting, standing, or driving.
- Sit with your feet flat on the floor, especially if your job requires you to sit at a desk for long periods. Try to make a right angle with your body.
- Lift objects by bending your knees and keeping your back straight. Do not bend at the waist, especially if the object is very heavy.
- Ask for help for extremely heavy objects.
- Sleep on a bed with great back (lumbar) support and a pillow that supports the curve of your neck.
- Engage in exercises that strengthen and improve your overall cardio physical fitness.
- Use and strengthen your core (abdominals) to take pressure off of your back and spine.
You do not need to suffer from discomfort in your spine. Dr. Possley is dedicated to the spine care of his patients at his spine center, and he is here to help you work through your back and neck issues, regain your strength, and get you back to the activities you love to do through high-quality treatment.
Contact Our Spine Specialist
Dr. Possley is a fellowship-trained and board-certified orthopedic spine surgeon and has over a decade of experience performing spine surgery for patients in the Westminster and Wheat Ridge, CO, area.
His goal is to help you enhance your daily functioning and mechanics of the musculoskeletal system. This includes your nerves, spinal column, joints, and muscles.
When you suffer from a painful injury or discomfort brought on by a spinal issue, contact Dr. Possley to schedule a visit.