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Avoid these Common Mistakes with Lower Back Pain

Jan 5, 2023 -- Posted by : Dr.Harcourt

We often read about what to do for low back pain (LBP), but now let’s look at LBP from the perspective of “what NOT to do!”

  • ICE vs. HEAT:  Ice should be tried first because it will rarely make the LBP worse. Being that ice is an “anti-inflammatory” agent, meaning it reduces swelling. Heat does the opposite of ice. Sure, it feels “good” initially, but often people will say it makes them feel worse later. That’s because the additional fluid build-up in an already inflamed area is kind of like throwing gasoline on a fire. 
  • IGNORE YOUR LBP: The comment, “I was just hoping it would go away,” has been used by all of us at some point. Though LBP can get better over time, it’s simply impossible to know when or if it will.  If you want to reduce the chances of missing work or a golf game due to LBP, visit your chiropractor immediately when the “warning signs” occur – you know, that ‘little twinge’ in your back that’s telling you, “…be careful!”
  • BED REST: Knowing when to rest vs when to exercise can be tricky. A general guideline to follow is: a) no more than 24-48 hours of mostly bed rest; b) walking is usually a great, safe starting activity after or even during the first 48 hours; c) avoid activities that create sharp pain (like bend, lift, twist combinations); d) use ice or contrast therapies a lot during that initial 48 hours; e) follow your doctor’s exercise instructions and treatment plan – they’ll guide you through this process.
  • FOCUS ON X-RAY OR MRI FINDINGS: Did you know that about 50% of us have bulging disks, and 20% of us have herniated disks in our low back and yet have NO pain? That’s right! Many of us have “disk derangement” but no symptoms whatsoever.  
  • So, if you are experiencing back pain, lower back pain, or pain in the coccyx and type in pain management near me or chiropractor near me, you may find Coast Chiropractic Centers with Dr. Timothy Harcourt, me, comes up. 

    You may wonder, “Do I need an MRI scan of my back and who in my area can refer me?”

    Also, if you feel leg pain it may indicate things are getting worse and may indicate a bulge on the disc or worse yet a herniated disc in your back.  Some people will try stretching the lower back first to see if they get relief from their back pain.  Pain very low in the lower back may be originating from the coccyx or tailbone.  A pulled muscle in the back generally will get better with rest.  Persistent or worsening pain intensity and/or frequency necessitates a visit to see a professional around you.

    Check out what the experts say about chiropractic care for back pain here: 

    https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32749874/

    Call me, Dr. Tim Harcourt, at Coast Chiropractic Centers at (239) 278-3344 or stop by on your day off for a walk in visit and mention this article for an awesome discounted first visit to include history, exam, and adjustment or Class IV high-intensity laser treatment.

    So if you find yourself experiencing lower back pain while running or doing physical activities or if you are suffering from back pain that is affecting your quality of life and allowing you to enjoy Fort Myers Beach. Come see us at Coast Chiropractic Centers located on 7270 College Parkway. 

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    If you would like to avoid getting back pain in the first place or to take a proactive approach to your health and wellness nearby, our membership program called Club C may be just the thing for you with great cost savings, convenience, and even more importantly, a plan to get your health back and keep it.

    Don't let back pain stop you from enjoying the beautiful SWFL!  Dr. Tim Harcourt is here to give you the relief you need. 

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