As we age, our spine wears down, making us more susceptible to injuries and elderly back pain. Unfortunately, simply playing sports like tennis or golf, or being a plus size can speed up this degeneration process. How to treat a back injury largely depends upon the severity and nature of the injury or condition, but some generalities can be made about what treatment entails. And thankfully, most cases of back injury can be treated without surgery.
Some people find that a back brace can be used to provide comfort and reduce pain. There is some evidence that use of an inelastic corset-style brace, worn daily, in combination with a physical therapy exercise program, can speed healing and reduce pain.
A back brace may also be helpful after back surgery. Our universal support belt offers superior stabilization from your L1 through S1 vertebrae, reducing lower back motion and helping alleviate and prevent spinal pain among young and old men and women alike.
General Back Injuries Treatment
You’ve probably had lower back pain. It affects more than 80% of people at some point. And it’s the most common cause of job-related disability in the U.S. While medicine can help, you may also find relief with these simple steps. In many cases, the first step for injured back treatment is to give the back a rest, apply ice, and take anti-inflammatory pain medications to manage the pain and inflammation. A brace can help with both the ice and rest component of this remedy.
Consider, for instance, the Adjustable Spine Brace. This popular support is great for applying compression and support to the low back.
Some of the most common causes of back pain is simply straining or spraining the muscles or connective tissues of the lower back. Baaxz offers supports for work or lifting that can limit the risk of such injuries. The Elastic Back Support Belt is one such brace that promotes proper lifting form and adds some stability to the back for lifting activities (always make sure to use proper form!). This brace also provides compression for treatment of existing back injuries.
The basics of posture
Posture is the way you hold your body while standing, sitting, or performing tasks like lifting, bending, pulling, or reaching. If your posture is good, the bones of the spine — the vertebrae — are correctly aligned.
Heavy lifting can take a toll on one’s back. Taking care to maintain proper posture while lifting heavy objects at work or running errands can be helpful for preventing back pain.
Sitting in an office chair for prolonged periods of time can also cause low back pain or worsen an existing back problem. The main reason behind this is that sitting, in an office chair or in general, is a static posture that increases stress in the back, shoulders, arms, and legs, and in particular, can add large amounts of pressure to the back muscles and spinal discs.
How to relieve lower back pain fast
If you’re like most people, finding this neutral pelvis sitting position might take a little bit of time. It may even feel a little bit awkward at first. You might feel like you are sticking your butt out further than what you should be, but you aren’t. A chiropractor would give you the following directions for locating the best sitting position so that you can get relief quickly.
1. Start by lying down on your back. Bend your knees and keep your feet flat on the ground. Line your feet up with your hips. They should be about two to four inches apart. Don’t confuse your hips with the outer part of your thighs. They are the joints found close to the center line of your body. Put your arms down to your sides.
2. Without lifting your butt up off of the ground, tuck your pelvis as much as possible. You have done this move correctly when you feel your lower back touch the ground while your pubic bone is pointing up towards the ceiling.
3. Next, oppositely move your pelvis as much as you can. You will feel an open space in the area of your low back. At the end of the movement, your pubic bone should be pointing down at the floor.
4. Lastly, keep your quads and bottom in a relaxed position. Move your pelvis back and forth between the above two motions. Every time you go through a complete cycle, lower the amount of arc you have. Eventually, you will feel where your neutral pelvis is, or where it is balanced. There will be a curve in your lower back, and your pubic bone will be in a parallel line with the floor.
When it’s out of the realm of possibility for you to avoid sitting so much, make sure that you are exercising properly to strengthen your back and move around as much as you possibly can. Studies show that people who stay active despite low back pain are more flexible than those who play it safe and stay in bed for a week. Exercises that both strengthen and stretch your body help the most. In addition to walking, you might want to swim, ride a stationary bike, or try low-impact aerobics.
While exercise is one of the best things you can do to relieve back pain, it shouldn’t hurt or make your pain worse. If so, check in with your doctor or physical therapist for make sure you’re doing the right exercise for you.