Tips For Acute Pain
In the unfortunate situation of experiencing acute pain either due to an injury or an unidentifiable cause, follow this advice for a speedy recovery. Take note of item 6, and please consult our office for the appropriate treatment for your condition.
- Listen to your body - pain is your body’s way of communicating that something is wrong. Stop doing the activity that elicited the pain.
- Apply ice - ice is your friend in the case of an acute injury, not heat. Ice will help in decreasing inflammation, whereas heat will make it worse and prolong the healing process. Apply a cold pack or bag of frozen peas/corn for 10-15 minutes at a time to the affected area.
- Rest as comfortably as you can - rest is important to allow your body to heal. Most importantly is finding a comfortable position to sleep. In the case of acute low back pain, try lying on your back will a pillow under your knees with your hips and knees bent or lie on your side with a pillow between your knees.
- Get mobile as soon as possible - bed rest is not recommended for any longer than 48 hours. Short walks or gentle stretching at regular intervals will help you from seizing up
- Be careful with medication - all pain medication has side effects. Some make you drowsy and some cause significant stomach disorders. Medication also masks the symptoms you are experiencing and does not address the cause of the symptoms.
Consult a health-care practitioner - here are some rules to follow as to
when you should seek help:
- the pain persists beyond 48 hours,
- symptoms (pain, numbness, tingling) begin in your arms and/or legs, and,
- the pain worsens over 48 hours after the initial injury.