How many treatments will it take?
- the specific condition being treated - a 1st time sacroiliac pain could take 1 or 2 sessions, whereas a traumatic disc injury can take months
- how long you had the pain before getting treatment - generally the longer you wait, the longer it takes to treat
- the patient’s individual immune/neurological system - some people’s body’s bounce back quickly, some stay sensitive for a long time
- biomechanics and daily stress levels (physical and mental) - how much daily strain are you under?
Avoiding re-injury or aggravation
- Avoid things that may aggravate your condition (as mentioned above)
- If the area is throbbing and painful: ice for 20mins every hour; or 15mins on/15mins off as necessary. Don’t use raw ice on your skin or leave it on for longer than 20mins as it can cause frostbite.
- A heat pack can also be used for pain (except if the area is swollen), but try not to leave the pack on for longer than 20mins as it causes blood to pool in the area.
- Tight muscles can be lightly stretched: stretch the muscle until you feel light tension, then gently pull the stretch slightly deeper and hold for 30 seconds; release the stretch slowly, rest for 5-10s and then repeat 2-3 more times
- Rub-on gels and creams that make your skin tingle (e.g. BioSoothe) can provide some relief
- Pain killers and anti-inflammatory medication can be used to manage the pain but don’t become dependent on them – they are treating symptoms not the underlying cause.