A Guide to Recovering from a Back Injury

Back pain can be debilitating. In addition to causing excruciating pain, it can limit movement and, as a result, can prevent people from embarking on everyday tasks in the home or at work.

If you are struggling with back pain, you will more than likely want to do everything in your power to reduce the pain and get back up on your feet. For help doing just that, read the below guide to recovering from a back injury.

Call a Doctor
While some forms of back pain can go away on their own with rest, it is essential to call a doctor if you experience one or more of the below symptoms:

• Agonising, consistent pain – which must be addressed if you experienced a hard fall or an accident
• A loss of bowel or bladder control
• Numb or weak legs
• Chills, a fever or an infection
• Unexplained weight loss

The above symptoms could indicate a serious health issue, which will need to be reviewed as soon as possible.

Pain Relief Options
If you believe your back pain isn’t serious and could disappear through rest and at-home treatment, you could alleviate back pain by:

Applying heat (Place a hot water bottle on the area, take a warm shower, or use a heating pad)
• Avoiding lying down for long periods and walk every few hours
• Slowly and gently stretching your muscles (pull your knees to your chest or bend backward slightly)
• Taking an over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or naproxen
• Increasing comfort by sitting with a pillow behind your back or lay on your back with your legs on a chair

Book a Doctor’s Appointment
If the above pain relief tactics have failed to reduce or eliminate back pain after a week or more, you must book an appointment with a doctor. As a result, they might prescribe a stronger muscle relaxant, if ibuprofen or naproxen has failed to work. They also might refer you to a physical therapist, acupuncturist or a massage therapist.

Consider Making a Compensation Claim
If your back injury is due to an accident at work, it’s likely you have been unable to return to your job during a recovery. What’s more, you might be struggling with a serious, painful health issue, which could impact your career and mobility. If so, you might be able to embark on a compensation claim following the injury at work. Visit www.the-compensation-experts.co.uk to find out more.

Relax and Maintain a Positive Outlook
To ease muscular tension in your back, you must aim to relax as much as possible. Worrying could potentially exacerbate the problem, which could lead to greater pain and discomfort. While it might be easier said than done, try to adopt an optimistic outlook when struggling with a back injury, and remember your pain will ease in time. In fact, a recent study found that positive expectations reportedly reduced pain by 28%, so it could be the key to a fast recovery.


  1. Those who have never suffered with back pain just don't understand how painful it is. It is very debilitating.