Will your back pain mean time away from your business?
2nd February 2011
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The last thing you need as a business owner is to be prevented from working because of back pain and when it first appears it can be so painful that you want to lie still and not move. That is actually the worse thing that you can do - to help your back pain you actually need to keep moving.

One of the questions I get asked a lot is "should I continue to work if my back hurts?"

My answer is always the same....

"If you are as likely to aggravate your back at home as you are at work, then you may as well be at work.”

If, on the other hand, you have to do things at work that will obviously aggravate your pain, and you can avoid doing those things at home, then you should stay off work until you are able to cope with those things again.

Back pain doesn't have to keep you off work and if you arrange to see a professional quickly enough after it starts you will limit having to lose precious time away from your business.

The other question I get asked a lot relates to painkillers and whether they should be taken.


If you are in agony don’t be a martyr – painkillers may help you to relax so try paracetamol as indicated on the packet or aspirin.

BUT….. If the pain is bearable, painkillers may mask the fact that you are aggravating the problem so in this instances taking pain killers for your back pain is not a good idea.

If paracetamol or aspirin don’t help and the pain is unbearable or if you are having trouble with passing urine (you have difficulty starting, dribbling or increased frequency) then you must immediately phone your doctor.

If you are taking drugs for other conditions and you are wondering whether to take aspirin or paracetamol it is important you discuss this with your doctor or pharmacist.

Your back pain does not have to mean time away from your business unless you find yourself in a lot of pain. Always consult with a professional rather than relying on self diagnosis and prevent back pain in the first place by keeping yourself physically fit.


About the Author

Gavin R

Member since: 27th July 2011

Clinic Director & Osteopath of active-x clinics Edinburgh. Providing a range of health services massage, personal training/exercise classes and a nutritionist. If you have back pain, or want to lose...

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