Louisiana residents who have gotten into car accidents may be left dealing with back pain. Whether it's a nuisance or debilitating, it's important to treat back pain quickly and efficiently in order to improve one's overall quality of life.
The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons states that exercising regularly is one key to improving pain in the back. Specific exercises have been designed to aid in the relaxation and regeneration of injured muscles. This can include ankle pumps, heel raises, and hamstring stretches. Even sitting on an exercise ball can be enough to help reduce pain and strengthen the muscles of the back. It is also important to keep the muscles stretched, as they may grow weak through disuse and rest, which can make pain worse.
Spine Health believes that rest should come first, however, or the back pain could worsen. Damaged tissue needs time to repair itself. Having a small period of time where the muscles can rest will also reduce any swelling in the tissue, which can cause more pain by pinching nerves. The alternating application of both ice packs and heating packs can help relieve the pain and swelling, thus lessening any future pain as well.
Back pain can be excruciating to live with, and one might even find their quality of life dropping because of it. However, treating the pain properly can be an effective way of lessening the overall damage it can cause, and the negative impact it might have on a person’s life post-accident.