August 2, 2011
Lower-back pain may result from poor posture, overuse of muscles, trauma or twisting. Treatment of acute back pain includes:
- Rest only on a flat, firm mattress (avoid waterbeds). If your mattress is not firm, place a piece of plywood at least 3/4 inch thick under the mattress.
- Do not sleep on your stomach.
- When lying on your back, place a pillow under your knees.
- When lying on your side, pull your knees up toward your chest.
- If the doctor orders bed rest, stay in bed. Raising the body or twisting and turning can strain the back.
- When getting out of bed, turn over on your side, draw your knees up then swing your legs over the side of the bed.
Heat applications to the area :
- Use heat for 30 minutes every few hours. You may use a heating pad or warm moist towels, as these will help the healing process. Do not sleep on an electric heating pad as this could result in a burn.
- Take your medicine as ordered for pain or muscle relaxation.
After the back pain goes away
- Exercise: begin exercises slowly, do not overuse back muscles.
- Warm up slowly and cool down after each exercise session.
- Avoid any activity that has caused you back pain in the past.
This information is provided only as an informational resource for consumers. For advice regarding a specific medical condition, please consult your personal physician.