What does it mean to “throw out your back”?
Throwing out your back usually means that the muscles in your lower back have gone into spasm due to a strain from bending, lifting or twisting the wrong way. This spasm that occurs causes pain that, luckily for most, is only temporary. There are some occasions where low back pain can be caused by something that is more serious than a “tweak” and should require a trip to the emergency room. These things could be an infection, cancer, or a broken vertebra.
If you are experiencing any of the following then please seek out immediate medical attention:
- Pain, weakness, or loss of feeling in the legs
- Bladder or bowel control issues
- Weight loss that cannot be explained
- Fever or fatigue
However, “thrown out backs” are usually much more simple to help relieve pain, work through, and ultimately try to prevent.
What can be done?
If you’ve simply “thrown out your back” from one of the movements mentioned earlier, you may think that your life is going to end due to the pain. It is important to remember to breathe. If you can stretch backwards, it can help relieve some pain. Do it slowly, while remembering to breathe, and do not make any quick movements as that can cause the spasm to return. Multiple repetitions at different times of the day may be necessary before any relief is given.
In most cases, this pain of throwing out your back goes away on its own without seeking medical attention. If you believe that ice or heat may be helpful, feel free to try that as well.
One of the most important things that a person can do is to simply, move. Moving the body helps promote your blood to flow to the muscles and progress the healing. When we say it is important to move, I mean that it is important to walk and be active, but also to avoid activities such as bending, lifting and twisting. As a chiropractor, that is what we do. We try and get the joints in our spine to move efficiently.
How to prevent future incidents?
The best way to prevent future incidents is to keep your low back healthy. This is done by learning how to bend over the proper way and how to properly lift, push, and pull objects. It is extremely important to have a strong core and strong legs.
The worst part about lower back injuries is that even if we do all these things, we can’t guarantee that you’ll never throw your back out again. But here at Rebound Chiropractic, we can help provide some pain relief and give you some tools that you can do at home to help get you back on your feet. If you feel like chiropractic care is an option visit our services tab or call 515-500-6551 to find out more information or to make an appointment.
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