Part 3: Treatment for Back Pain

1. Despite the type of exercises that will be performed, everything else done to treat the most common two different types of back pain is similar. Active rest is recommended. However contrary to popular belief and practice, complete bed rest is not ideal. What is preferable is to rest a couple days without putting much pressure on the lower back. After these few days of rest, consider doing some activity, where more pressure is put on the back; movement is required. Actual bed rest will weaken the muscles of the body, including the lower back, and increase the likelihood of chronic back pain.

2. Stand rather than sit, however if you must sit, then have a good lumbar support and use arm rests.

3. Consult with a doctor in how to resume activities gradually, safely and effectively.

4. Fix situations in the workplace or at home which may exacerbate back pain. This may include using proper lifting techniques so to decrease the amount of stress on the lower back.

Not everything needs to be done in the treatment suggestions above because back pain is different. Some treatments will work for some people but not for others.

If pain or discomfort is present, do not hesitate to see a doctor. Ergo-Motion Consulting has devised a convenient ergonomic assessment tool to determine if an ergonomic assessment is beneficial for individuals and companies alike. Feel free to visit ergotool.ergo-motion.com to take the assessment.

This ergo-tip is a part of an ergo-tip series about musculoskeletal injuries. This ergo-tip concludes the Back Pain Series. Please visit the table of contents at http://www.ergo-motion.com/category/ergo-tips/ to view previous and other available posts. There will be one post released every Tuesday.