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How should you handle a back injury?

Injuring your back is a very big issue that can potentially take you out of your work for an indefinite period of time.

However, how you handle your back injury can make all of the difference. If you handle it well, you might be surprised by the quick bounce-back you have. If you handle it poorly, it could haunt you for a long time to come.

Rest for swelling

Cleveland Clinic discusses injuries to the back. These injuries can happen in numerous ways, such as taking hits to the spine, picking up things that are too heavy, or falling.

Most back injuries come along with swelling and inflammation. This is why it is so important to rest during the early stages of a back injury. If you continue to move, you will worsen the inflammation and cause your injury to take even longer to heal.

Taking time away from work

Of course, this creates a problem for people who are working. Taking even a few days away from the job could cause problems, let alone the weeks it may take for an injury to fully begin to heal. This is why many people with back injuries, especially moderate to severe ones, will get doctor’s notes and recommendations that they can give to their boss.

In general, it is best to follow the suggestions and discretion of the medical staff taking care of your back injury. They may suggest rest, icing, heat compresses, medicine, therapy or even surgery in severe cases. No two back injuries are the same and no two processes for healing will look exactly the same, either.

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