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How to Recover From a Back Injury

Done something to your back as of recently? Have you been left uncomfortable or in pain? Back injuries make up 20% of all injuries that occur in the workplace due to lifting heavy objects and straining oneself, and more than one million people suffer from one in the US each year. This article will show you how to recover from an injury in order to hopefully prevent permanent damage or complications.
Figure out where the core area of the injury is. This can be difficult when you have pain throbbing up and down your spine, as it may seem to come from every part of the back. However, with an injury there should be one main focal area. Press gently along your spine with your fingers, starting with the lower back and moving upwards. You may need someone to help you do this; some areas of the spine are difficult to get to.
Assess how bad the injury is. There are mainly two types of back pain: acute or chronic. Acute is a type of injury or illness that is there for a few days and then goes away, best described as coming and going. Symptoms are often reasonably intense and heal in around 4-6 weeks. Chronic pain is more of a persistent pain that lasts between 3-6 months.
Obviously, if you are in so much pain that you cannot walk, or are finding it hard to feel your legs, get somebody to take you to hospital. Do not try to take yourself there; if your back worsens and you find you cannot move you may end up stuck somewhere on the way, and possibly may end up in danger. 3 out of 4, or 75% of back injuries occur in the lower back, possibly the most dangerous place to damage the spine as this is where the legs are most likely to be affected. Take special precautions if this is where you have injured yourself. You may also want to seek immediate medical attention if you develop or have developed the following symptoms:
A feeling of numbness in the pelvis or lower back, and the area surrounding it.
Shooting pains down one or both legs.
Feeling weak or unsteady when you try to stand, or your legs suddenly giving way beneath you either when you are standing normally or bending.
Problems with controlling bowel or bladder movement.
See a doctor or osteopath. An osteopath is someone who deals with the bones in the body and tries to resolve any underlying problems or injuries that may have occurred. They can often be quite expensive though, so it may be best to see a doctor first and see if you can be referred to a physiotherapist, who may be considerably cheaper.
It's a good idea to spend the first few days in bed until the pain becomes more comfortable - and especially before you can see your osteopath, doctor or physiotherapist. Watch some DVDs or some TV, read a few good books, and keep yourself entertained. Do not spend too long in bed though, because this can make your back stiff, which can slow the healing process.