Many would argue that back pain is inevitable and for some it becomes a sudden reality. Bending over to pick up a piece of paper, moving furniture, or reaching for something in the car's back seat; one of these scenarios may sound familiar to you. At home or at work, you need to know what to do when a sudden attack of back pain occurs. Fortunately, most back pain will get better naturally. But in order to improve your chances of recovery and to save yourself a trip to your doctor's office, you need to learn some first aid for back pain.
Those of you familiar with life-saving first aid remember the ABC's (Airway, Breathing, and Circulation). Let's apply the ABC's to your back; "A" for arrest the offending activity, "B" for balance the pressure, "C" for control the inflammation. With the ABC's for sudden back pain, you can quickly recover from a sudden back pain attack.
Let's go back to the scenarios: bending, lifting, and twisting (the BLT's). All of these activiti...
Are you 55 years old or older and still pain free? Chances are you have osteoarthritis and don't know it. X-rays show arthritic changes in eight out of every 10 adults age 55 and older. Knees, hips, and spines are affected most, in that order. Older adults with leg pain may have arthritic changes in both the hip and spine. They sometimes have a total hip replacement (THR) only to develop groin and buttock pain next. Or suddenly they have muscle weakness that isn't related to the THR. In these cases, lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) may be the problem. LSS occurs when age-related changes narrow the canal where the spinal cord and nerves travel. Bone spurs, thickened ligaments, and worn-down joints are just some of the changes leading to LSS. These doctors from Baylor College of Medicine offer other orthopedic surgeons some guidance. They say that when a patient with a recent THR has severe pain after the operation, look for infection, an unstable implant, or LSS. Location of the pain is a key...
When life gets you down, let the power of music wash over you and give you some words to live by. Sure, the pain can feel like unbreakable chains that tie you down while life passes you by. Don't let pain "step all over you". Ask yourself, "Are you going to let (it) hold you down and make you cry"? With an open heart and open mind, the doorway of change can open. No one can open doors "expect for you." You just have to "hold on for one more day".
"Don't you know things can change"? Those unhappy days, those incredible messes can turn around and go your way. Maybe you were teased, abused, attacked, or injured? Lose the blame and let those worries pass you by. It is worth your time to "break free from the chains". You can change your life. Make up your mind to "hold on for one more day cause it is gonna go your way". Yeah, there is pain, but you need to hold on because "thing'll go your way". Just hold on for one more day.
H old On by Wilson Phillips
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