Five Steps to Take When Back Pain Strikes

  • You wake up one morn­ing and you can’t get out of bed – your low back’s gone into com­plete spasm…..
  • You gen­er­ous­ly offered to help your friend move.  After that last box got hauled up the fourth floor walk-up, your back starts to tell you that you’ve been a lit­tle too gen­er­ous…
  • At last – your long await­ed vaca­tion!  The five hour plane ride was unevent­ful, though the seat felt a bit uncom­fort­able.  Then the real dis­com­fort starts when the plane lands and you have to haul your­self out of the seat…

What do you do?

Emergency Back Pain Management

First – a dis­claimer: everyone’s body is dif­fer­ent and everyone’s back prob­lem is dif­fer­ent, so there isn’t a set approach that will work most effec­tive­ly for every­one.  I can only make some sug­ges­tions that might be help­ful based on many years’ expe­ri­ence as a doc­tor of chi­ro­prac­tic help­ing peo­ple find prac­ti­cal solu­tions to back pain.

Here are the first five things you should do…

1.     Apply ice to your back.

15 min­utes at a stretch.  Then give it a rest for half an hour, and repeat the ice appli­ca­tion.

2.    Get a lum­bar sup­port belt.lumbar support belt

A lum­bar sup­port belt is an ortho­pe­dic sup­port that tight­ens around your low back and takes the
pres­sure off your discs.

3.     Find a favor­able rest posi­tion or gen­tle move­ment that seems to give relief.

Once you find your favor­able posi­tion or move­ment, use it repeat­ed­ly through­out the day.  Often­times the posi­tion you want to try is spinal exten­sion.  This top­ic deserves an entire arti­cle devot­ed just to it.  For­tu­nate­ly, I’ve writ­ten an arti­cle on the use of spine exten­sion for low back pain.

4.     Here’s how to orga­nize your day

Spend about 15 min­utes engaged in light activ­i­ty (walk­ing, per­haps) fol­lowed by fif­teen min­utes of ice, fol­lowed by fif­teen min­utes of gen­tle back lim­ber­ing move­ments, fol­lowed by fif­teen min­utes of rest.  Keep cycling through this sequence through­out the day.

5.     Call your doc­tor of chi­ro­prac­tic.

Chi­ro­prac­tors have a proven track record of using effec­tive, sci­en­tif­i­cal­ly-based, hands-on treat­ment to alle­vi­ate back pain.


About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website,, provides more information about his approach.

Please contact him at or at 212-400-9663.

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One Response to Five Steps to Take When Back Pain Strikes

  1. George Blomme says:

    Good,useful arti­cle.

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