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Six Tips for Dealing with Back Pain and Injuries

The Anastopoulo Law Firm

Back pain is one of the most common types of health problems, and also one of the most misunderstood. Accidents and injuries that strain or put stress on muscles, ligaments or disks can make it difficult to work or enjoy hobbies. It can also be painful to perform even the simplest of household tasks. If you are one of the many people who suffer from back pain, it is important to learn how to identify the type of pain you are experiencing, while being aware of things you can do to cope with the pain and improve your quality of life

Types of Back Pain

Back pain may occur due to underlying medical conditions, or it could be the result of a car accident, sports or recreational injury, acts of violence, or due to accidents involving slips and falls. According to Spine Health, common types of back injuries include muscle and tendon sprains or strains, slipped or herniated disks, problems with the nerve roots in the back, or injuries to the bones, ligaments, and back joints themselves. There are three main types of back pain that victims are likely to experience:

  • Axial pain: Also referred to as mechanical pain, this is commonly the result of a muscle strain or sprain. It may occur as a constant, dull pain, or a sharp pain that comes and goes
  • Referred pain: Described as a dull ache which varies in intensity, this generally affects the area around the injury, such as pain in the legs and hips from a disk problem in the lower back
  • Radicular pain: Often referred to as sciatica, this is a deep, searing pain that follows the path of a nerve. It is generally caused by injuries resulting in inflammation or compression of the tissues or nerves, such as with a herniated disk, or due to damage to the nerve root itself

Tips For Living With Back Pain

Any time you are in an accident, even a seemingly minor one, you should always consult with a doctor immediately. Symptoms of serious injuries often take time to appear, while the damage you suffered could end up resulting in permanent impairments. While treatment options for back pain are somewhat limited, there are steps you can take to make yourself more comfortable. Healthline recommends the following tips:

  • Drink plenty of water: Dehydration can make your pain worse
  • Eat foods that fight inflammation, such as leafy greens, low sugar fruits, and soy products
  • Avoid foods that cause inflammation, such as chocolate, dairy products, and processed foods
  • Practice yoga to increase your flexibility
  • Do meditation as a way to naturally manage pain
  • Maintain correct posture, and avoid pulling, pushing, or lifting heavy objects

For pain that is severe and limits your movements or activities, talk with your doctor about physical therapy, pain medications, and surgical options to repair any damage.

Get Help From a Personal Injury

If you have suffered a back injury as the result of an accident, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm today. Our personal injury attorneys can advise you on how to hold responsible parties accountable for the injuries you have suffered and assist you in getting the compensation you deserve.

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