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How to Help Your Elderly Loved One to Manage Back Pain

By Michael Hagman, RN, BSN

Senior Care in Boulder MT


Back pain can be excruciating and it's just as painful to watch an elderly loved one struggle with it. Although you can't take the pain away for her, there are some things that you can do that can help to make the pain a little bit more manageable.

Talk with Her Doctor

Your first method for helping your loved one deal with her back pain is always going to be through her doctor. He can recommend treatments, medications, and exercises that can help your loved one immensely. Follow up appointments are especially important, so make sure that your loved one attends those as well. If your loved one's condition worsens or improves, your loved one's doctor will be able to adjust his recommendations accordingly.

Change Out Her Mattress

Sometimes a mattress, although comfortable, is just too soft for someone with back pain. If that's the case for your loved one, you might want to consider swapping out her mattress for one that is a little bit firmer. Another option is to invest in a mattress that can change from firm to soft depending on how your loved one is feeling at any given time.

Check Her Shoes

Another place to check for being a contributing factor to your loved one's back pain is her shoes. If her heels are slightly too high or the shoes just aren't comfortable, they might be contributing to back pain. Even when we're adults, our feet continue to change sizes, so it's a good idea to have your loved one's feet measured in a shoe store before buying a new pair of shoes. Changing the size could have a tremendous impact for her.

Use Chairs with Good Back Support

You also might want to make sure that all of the chairs that your loved one uses regularly have good back support in them. If the chairs don't, consider replacing them or you can use inserts that offer lumbar support. Another option is to roll up a towel or use a small pillow at the small of your loved one's back.
Your loved one's senior care providers can also help you to figure out what might cause problems for your loved one's back. Run any changes by her doctor, of course, before you implement them.

If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care in Boulder, MT, contact the caring staff at Home Helpers. Call today (406) 438 - 2231.