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  • Writer's pictureLori Goodsell

What To Do When Your Back Goes Out

Updated: May 22, 2023

The most frequent way our website is found is the google search, “What to do when your back goes out and you can’t stand up”. While we would prefer to see you when the first warning signs of this problem appear, if you are currently lying on your floor unable to move, let this short video help.

In short, do not heat a spine that is inflamed. Always use ice until your chiropractor directs you otherwise. Ice lessens the inflammation. Chemicals in your blood are inflammatory. More blood equals more inflammatory chemicals. Heat causes more blood flow in the area, that is NOT what you want. Use the icepack each and every time.

Also, the surest way to become more stiff is to lay in a pile on the couch. I do know first hand why that is tempting but you really need to get yourself moving. If you are really suffering, you may only be able to walk to the mailbox and back. If so, do it several times today. You need to get your muscles engaging again and keep your joints mobile.

Chiropractic is vital to get to the root cause of your back pain. Seek out a chiropractor you are comfortable with and who is highly recommended. If you are located near me, call our office for an appointment or book online at

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