What’s the best way to relieve back pain?
1. Apply ice as tolerated for 48 hours.
2. Take an anti-inflammatory, like Advil or Nuprin, as directed.
3. Exercise. Studies show it’s better than bed rest for simple back pain. Next time you have a back attack, try these exercises. Start with 10 repetitions and hold each position for 10 seconds.
- Lie on your back. Lift one knee, then the other to your chest.
- Lie face down. Using your arms, press up and back, arching the back.
- Lie on your back with shoulders flat and knees bent. Slowly drop your knees to one side and extend your top leg.
While slight muscle soreness with any new exercise is normal, back pain should not increase with these exercises.
Follow this rule:
If a particular exercise causes back pain or increases back pain, stop doing it.
If after three days of exercise, ibuprofen, heat and ice therapy, your condition hasn’t improved, play it safe and see a spine specialist. Call the California Spine Institute.
Because our most important goal is to help you get back in shape.