You undoubtedly went to the doctor because of your back pain, but it is still daunting to have an official diagnosis. It raises many questions, like “Is it permanent?,” “How much will it limit my activities?” and “Will it affect my job?” These questions spring to mind, and you need answers. This article will give you tips on what to do after you are diagnosed with back pain. It will suggest measures you can take to give better care to your back, preventing a worsening condition and perhaps alleviating your lower back pain altogether through diligently following a prescribed program.
Above all, you do not want to sink into resignation. You will need to avoid movements and activities than can strain your back and perhaps cause further injury. Right now your back needs relief. But you can gradually return to fuller activity by following a program to strengthen and straighten your back.
If your job needs you to do heavy lifting, ask your doctor whether you can continue with it. He may tell you it is all right to lift up to a certain weight, maybe 25 pounds, but not more until your condition improves. Let your employer know any restrictions the doctor has prescribed. But also let him know you are following a program that will restore your ability to do the work. Make sure you lift properly, whenever you do lift objects, at home or at work. Wear an aid to brace your back. Bend your knees and keep your back straight while lifting the object. Remember to keep it as close to your body as possible as you gradually stand up.
You may say to yourself that you are lucky that you do office work where you are not in danger of injuring your back. Unfortunately, this is not true. Back injury often develops in office workers because they are unaware of what can occur. It happens gradually through improper posture in your office chair and through lack of exercise. It is not the result of a sudden wrenching due to lifting a heavy object. But one day you realize that you have chronic back pain, without being able to identify a cause. To find the cause, examine how you are sitting. Are you hunched over your desk? Is your position awkward and your back unsupported? Over time, these things will put your back out of alignment and cause back pain.
Take measures to change your chair to one that gives ergonomic support if possible. If not, you can improve it by adjusting the height and the back support. A towel or small pillow placed behind the small your back can help give support. Get up and walk around and stretch every so often. You should be able to get through your day at the office without developing serious back pain.
Take the same close look at the chairs you sit in at home, especially when you just want to relax at the end of the day. This is often a time when you slump and bend your spine out of shape. Does your back hurt after you have been sitting for a couple of hours in your easy chair? If so, you may need to invest in an ergonomic chair. Your back is worth it!
Your doctor may prescribe physical therapy. Their expert advice will direct you in specific exercises to relieve your back pain. Exercises that build up the other muscles that help take weight off your back are essential. If you have a sedentary job, your abdominal and stomach muscles may have grown weak. Strengthening them will help a lot to keep your back in shape.
These are just some tips to get you started. Your doctor and physical therapist will guide you further. The important thing is that you decide to make the effort necessary to prevent further damage to your back and eliminate your present back problem as much as possible.