Lower Back Pain Advice

We posted many blogs from Dr. Kevin McIntyre of Burlington Sports Therapy. In one of his recent posts, he mentioned how he himself was experiencing back pain and wrote about the steps to take when you have back pain. He talked about speaking with a health professional and what to do before you get a chance to see your doctor in person. Some of his advice included:

  • See your doctor in person, and don’t just rely on Google.
  • Use cold therapy for the back, not heat therapy.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects.
  • Keep moving, don’t stay bed-ridden. In fact, keep moving instead of staying in one position, such as sitting, for long periods of time.
  • Don’t stretch until you see your doctor.

Check out the full article to learn about the recommended steps to take when you’re experiencing lower back pain. As suggested in the article, seeing your doctor is the most important course of action when you have back pain. Feel free to browse our selection of back braces and learn more about back injuries as well!

Treatment for SI Joint Pain (Sacroiliac Joint Pain)

A few days ago we wrote about SI joint pain which can be a source of pain in the lower back. Here are some products that we offer to help relieve SI joint pain:

DonJoy SI Belt – This back brace is designed especially to help relieve SI joint pain. It’s very comfortable and low profile so you can wear it under your clothing. The DonJoy SI Belt provides stability to the sacroiliac joint and the amount of support your receive can be easily adjusted.

DonJoy Back Brace – This is another back brace that’s great for SI joint pain and other types of lower back pain. You can adjust the amount of compression the brace provides by simply pulling a side handle. It’s also very lightweight and is one of our leading back braces for low back pain.

Aircast Back Cryo/Cuff with Cooler – A common treatment for SI joint pain and other joint aches is with cold therapy. Cryotherapy helps to numb away pain and reduces inflammation in the muscles and joints. The Aircast Back Cryo/Cuff with Cooler helps make it easier by providing long-term cold therapy and complete coverage of the back.

There are many causes of lower back pain and also many SI joint pain treatments. If you experience lower back pain, check with your doctor to find the source of the pain and to seek appropriate treatment for your condition.

Quick Tips to Prevent Back Pain

Back pain is one of the leading causes of job-related injuries in the United States. What most people don’t know is that in many cases, back pain may be avoided. Here are some quick tips on how to prevent back pain.

  • When carrying groceries or other heavy items, separate out the bags so you’re not carrying too many items at once. Taking one minute to make an extra trip to the car could help achy muscles and a sore back!
  • Exercise your abdominal and back muscles. Strengthening this area of your body helps support your back and spine, reducing your chances of pain and injury.
  • Stretch your back, especially before and after sports and other physical activities.
  • When lifting heavy objects, use the strength in your knees to pick up the item. Keep your abdominal muscles flexed and hold the item close to your body. Try to keep your back straight as you carry the item.
  • Ask for help from a friend when moving heavy furniture, or hire movers as they have the right tools and techniques for lifting large objects.
  • Wear a back brace during physical activity. Back braces help remind you to lift properly, and they provide compression and support for your lower back as you lift. (Try the DonJoy Back Brace for a great all-around lower back support.)
  • Use proper posture when sitting, standing and walking. The back has an easier time carrying your weight when it’s straight.
  • Wear proper shoes with adequate support. Avoid wearing high heels whenever possible.
  • Eat healthy foods to maintain a good weight, and for nutrition.

These simple tips can help save your back from future pain! If you experience back pain or think you might have injured your back, check with your doctor for the best treatment for your injury.