If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in Porter Ranch Ca or Northridge. You may have muscle strain or ligament sprain around the spine. This may occur after a sudden forceful twisting or bending force (such as in a car accident), after a simple awkward movement, or after lifting something heavy with poor body positioning. In either case, a muscle spasm is often present and adds to the pain.
The following guidelines from Soft Touch Chiropractic will help you care for your injury at home:
1. When in bed, try to find a position of comfort. A firm mattress is best. Try lying flat on your back with pillows under your knees. You can also try lying on your side with
your knees bent up towards your chest and a pillow between your knees.
2. You may need to stay in bed the first few days. But, as soon as possible, begin sitting or walking to avoid problems with prolonged bed rest (muscle weakness, worsening back stiffness and pain, blood clots in the legs).
3. Avoid prolonged sitting. This puts more stress on the lower back than standing or walking.
4. During the first two days after injury, apply an ice pack to the painful area for 20 minutes every 2— 4 hours. This will reduce swelling and pain. Heat (hot shower, hot bath or heating pad) works well for muscle spasms. You can start with ice, then switch to heat after two days. Some patients feel best alternating ice and heat treatments. Use the one method that feels the best to you.
5. You may use acetaminophen or ibuprofen to control pain, unless another pain medicine was prescribed. If you have chronic liver or kidney disease or ever had a stomach ulcer or Gl bleeding, talk with your doctor before using these medicines.
6. Be aware of safe lifting methods and do not lift anything over 15 pounds until all the pain is gone.
Follow up with your doctor of Chiropractor as advised; further tests may be needed if symptoms worsen.
ofIf you had X-rays today and they didn't show any broken bones, breaks, or fractures it is safe to get adjusted by your doctor of chiropractic. Sometimes fractures don’t show up on the first X-ray. Bruises and sprains can sometimes hurt as much as a fracture. These injuries can take time to heal completely. If your symptoms don’t improve or they get worse, talk with your doctor of Chiropractor; you may need a repeat X-ray.
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