Back injuries can be incredibly painful and debilitating, as the back is connected to the neck, shoulders, arms and lower body, which means pain can radiate to all these areas. You could sustain a back injury after a slip, trip or fall, whilst at work (trying to lift heavy or bulky items), or in a car accident, and if you’re wondering how to treat back injuries, we have some handy tips. Many back injuries won’t require medical attention, as they may be relatively minor, but there are things you can do at home and at work to ensure you’re more comfortable.
Taking time off after a back injury
You may need to take time off work after your accident, but with back injuries you should try to return to your normal daily activities. When advising how to treat back injuries, your doctor should tell you to stay as active as possible and avoid bed rest, as this can make things worse. During the first 48 hours, a cold pack can help to decrease pain and swelling – avoid sitting on soft couches, twisting, lifting anything and sitting still for long periods of time.
After 48 hours, if there is no swelling, you can use heat packs to ease pain and discomfort. It’s important to exercise gently and regularly and do pelvic tilt exercises to stretch the lower back and move the spine. These tips can help you to make a speedy recovery and return to work, minimising your loss of earnings. You should also consider who was to blame for your accident, as if somebody else is at fault, you could make a personal injury claim with Accident Advice Helpline.
Getting the compensation you deserve
Once you’ve received advice on how to treat back injuries and are on the road to recovery, think about how your accident happened. Perhaps you weren’t given manual handling training at work and you’ve injured your lower back lifting something heavy. In this case, your employer could be held liable for your injuries. Give Accident Advice Helpline a call on 0800 689 0500 to get confidential, no-obligation advice from our expert advisors, and find out if you have a viable personal injury claim.
Our professional personal injury lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, and we’ve helped hundreds of people claim compensation for back injuries since 2000. Give us a call today – it’s free to call and we’re open 24/7.
Date Published: May 30, 2016
Author: Paula Beaton