Back pain is very common and, this might be a depressing statistic, but you are more likely than not to suffer from it at some point in your life. This is because the spine supports the whole of the upper half of the body and it can be surprisingly easy to damage those crucial muscles that hold us upright. Because we rely so heavily on our spines, many people who are struck down with back injuries will find their day-to-day life much more difficult and normal everyday activities can become very painful.
Spine injuries are usually caused by muscle strains, sprains or pinched nerves. These can be sparked through a number of activities including:
– Lifting objects that are too heavy
– Carrying loads incorrectly
– Sitting in office chairs that are poorly adjusted
– Falling or slipping
– Sitting in one position for long periods without a break
Tips to Treat Spine Injuries
Short-term injuries usually clear up within six weeks, but if you’re suffering with back pain, you should always consult your doctor before deciding on the best course of treatment.
Here are some ways you can ease the ache:
Over the counter painkillers such as Paracetamol or Ibuprofen can be effective and your doctor might prescribe a muscle relaxant such as diazepam.
- Exercise and movement
Choose an activity that does not cause pain but helps to loosen and relax the muscles such as walking, stretching and swimming.
- Hot and cold
A hot water bottle, heat pack or a hot shower can help to ease the pain of spine injuries. Likewise, the extreme cold of an ice pack can help to reduce swelling and inflammation.
Long-term back injuries are those which last for six weeks or longer. That’s a long time to suffer in pain and your doctor will advise on the best treatment. This could include painkilling injections, physiotherapy, acupuncture and surgery in chronic cases.
People who are suffering from spine injuries which have been caused through no fault of their own are entitled to make a claim for compensation. Accident Advice Helpline has been specially set up to provide guidance and support for people who are suffering from an injury that was someone else’s fault. Our friendly professional advisers are on hand 24/7 waiting to put claimants in touch with a lawyer who will fight their claim on a 100% no win, no fee* basis.
Call Accident Advice helpline today on 0800 689 0500 to get advice on making your back injury claim!