Back pain is common amongst seniors and even CAREGivers, and knowing how to cope with this pain is crucial to being able to complete daily tasks.
Many people suffer back pain whether it is minor aches or a one off strain; here are Home Instead’s top tips on how to manage your back pain.
- Ice! When back pain occurs as a result of a strained muscle, get out the ice pack. For the first 24 to 48 hours, frequently apply cold packs or other sources of cold (bags of frozen peas often work nicely) to help reduce inflammation. Avoid adding a heat source for the first couple of days, so that the ice can have time to do its job. Don’t put the cold source directly on the skin; wrap it in a soft towel so that it doesn’t cause damage. Also, remove the ice after about 20 minutes for at least a 10 minute break.
- Although lying in bed seems to ease the pain, it isn’t the best option! - Unless a doctor advises otherwise, back pain sufferers should try to keep doing all the things they normally do – walking, moving about the kitchen, etc. Avoid moving into positions that put undue stress on sore areas, but otherwise try to keep up a fairly regular flow of motion and not get stiff. Motion usually helps to alleviate the soreness more quickly – as long as you don’t overdo it.
- Doctors and Chemist - A doctor may prescribe stronger medication, but often standard store-bought anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen, are all that is needed for minor back pain.
- Fruit and Veg - What one eats can have an impact on how one manages back pain. Many fruits and vegetables provide an anti-inflammatory boost that can come in very handy. Incorporating grapes, carrots, watermelons, sweet potatoes, pomegranates, spinach, and broccoli into the diet is one way to help fight inflammation.
- Watch out for certain foods. Certain foods can negatively impact back pain. In general, avoid the foods that are not nutritious: white bread, sugary drinks, fried foods, caffeine, alcohol, pastries, potato chips, etc.
Taking care of elderly individuals teaches one that every person is different. These general tips help most people, but what’s most important is listening to one’s own body and figuring out what works best for fighting back pain in a specific individual.
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