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First aid for low back pain: Don’t delay in getting treatment

Depending on your profession, it's possible that you could suffer a low back injury at some point. For example, this is a big concern among people who lift heavy items, day in and day out.

When it comes to first aid for low back pain, you always want to know exactly what you should and shouldn't be doing.

Before we go any further, remember this: A medical professional should treat any injury that you suffer on the job. This is the only way for you to know for sure what you are dealing with. It's also critical in the event that you are going to file a workers' compensation claim.

Some of the many things you can do after suffering a back injury include:

  • Stay where you are until help arrives
  • Use heat and ice to treat the pain (seeking the one that works best for you)
  • Take over-the-counter medication to treat the pain and discomfort
  • Follow the guidance of your doctor with respect to rest and therapy

Although you may feel that you can handle low back pain on your own, this is not always the case. You should never assume that you are dealing with a minor problem, as this could lead you to overlook something that requires immediate medical attention.

If your medical team does not feel that you are able to return to work as a result of your injury, don't go against their wishes. It's important for you to follow their guidance, as you don't want to do anything to make matters worse.

By filing a claim for workers' compensation benefits, you can receive the financial assistance you need as you make a full recovery.

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