ACUTE PAIN

What is acute pain?

It is a sudden tension of our muscles that limits our mobility. Tense muscles irritate nerve endings which cause fierce and sharp pain. We suffer from stiffness in our cervical spine, pain shooting into the head, shoulders and arms which restricts our mobility and we are not able to turn our head either.
The acute pain in our lumbar area might manifest itself as tensile stress going through our buttocks into the legs, uncomfortable tingling, burning or a weak feeling in our lower limbs.

What causes acute pain?

A long-term poor posture together with a short intensive activity. After a long drive in an air-conditioned car or plane, we wake up blocked. An acute pain can also be caused by a damaged spinal disc or sciatic nerve inflammation, often known as ischias or lumbago. If we do not rest during the acute phase, we can expect our intervertebral space to be damaged in the future. To activate our muscles correctly and change our bad habits is the job of the physiotherapist.

What to do with an acute pain?

Rest and keep the affected area warm (only dry heat). If no improvement shows, I recommend seeing a doctor. During the acute phase I relax the affected area, teach the patients to find a release position and recommend them to get rest.

I highly discourage them from having hot baths or massages.

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