What Food to Eat Before and After a Lower Back Pain Treatment

Woman suffering from lower back pain

Eating the right type and amount of food is very important and essential in a person’s daily life. It gives the body strength and energy to do all their activities, whether it’s their work or studies. Having the right diet and the correct intake of complete nutrients will allow us to live a healthy, more meaningful life.

Following a strict diet before and after a lower back pain treatment is of utmost importance to minimize the discomfort and to speed up recovery. To help you in this ordeal, PhysioActive has prepared the following recommended list of food to consume before and after undergoing treatment for each specific lower back injury:

Common Back Injuries and What Food to Eat After and Before Treatment

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  1. Acute lower back pain – is a non-specific or mechanical pain that is present for up to 6 weeks.
    • Food before treatment – fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts & seeds, seafood, plant oils, tuna, salmon, carrots, sweet potatoes, red wine, olive oil and green tea.
    • Food after treatment – dried fruits(snack), nuts, dried seeds, drink fruit nectars, fruit shakes, butter, margarine, oils to potatoes, rice, & pasta; add cream cheese to toast or bagels & spread on vegetables, fibre-rich foods, fish, eggs, boiled chicken, lentils, soya beans
  1. Spinal infection – caused by either bacterial or fungal infection in another part of the body that has been carried into the spine through the bloodstream.
    • Food before treatment – leafy vegetables, berries, fatty fish, nuts, dairy products, beans, citrus fruits and water
    • Food after treatment – soft diet for the first 2 weeks, puddings, broths, ice creams (without nuts or granola), soft fruits, cooked vegetables and protein shakes (avoid chips, toffee, peanut brittle, nuts, hard cheeses, tough meats, chicken beef and crunchy raw vegetables)
  1. Disc Replacement – this is a type of arthroplasty, which is a surgical procedure in which degenerated intervertebral discs in the spinal column are replaced with artificial disc implants in the lumbar or cervical canal.
    • Food before treatment – water, apple, cranberry and grape juice, Gatorade, black coffee or tea, clear broth, ginger ale and seltzer, jelly and Italian ice
    • Food after treatment – soy, dairy products, beans, eggs cottage cheese, poultry, fish, meat, nuts and foods rich in vitamin C
  1. Spinal Fusion – this is also called spondylosis, which is a neurosurgical or orthopaedic surgical technique that joins two or more surgical vertebrae
    • Food before treatment – water, apple, cranberry, grape juice, Gatorade, black coffee or tea, clear broth, ginger ale and seltzer, jelly and Italian Ice
    • Food after treatment – lean meats, poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, high-quality protein-rich foods, low-fat dairy products and food rich in vitamin B
  1. Sciatica – a pain that radiates along the path of sciatic nerve branches from the lower back through the hips and buttocks, then down each leg.
    • Food before treatment – pineapple, parsley, onion, grape, tea, soybean, ginger, green and black tea
    • Food after treatment – food rich in magnesium, Vit. D, E, B12, B6, Zinc, Selenium and fish oil
  1. Lumbar Spondylosis – is a general term for age-related wear and tear affecting the disc and joints in the lower back.
    • Food before treatment – fruits, vegetables, whole grains; drink plenty of fluids, omega-3 and fatty acids, diet supplements (avoid high fat and cholesterol foods)
    • Food after treatment – whole grains, colourful fruits and vegetables, food rich in omega-3, calcium and vitamin C

Do’s and Dont’s After Lower Back Pain Treatment

Lower back pain treatment

Undergoing lower back treatment leaves the patient with a sore and delicate body, and it is important that he/she follows the recommended aftercare procedures to have an easy and speedy recovery. Below, we’ve listed down the do’s and don’ts after undergoing lower back pain treatment at PhysioActive:

Do’s:

  • Take care of your health condition.
  • Sleep comfortably for at least 8 hours each night.
  • Drink healthy herb teas or true teas to detoxify your body.
  • Drink pain killers to reduce discomfort and pain.
  • Eat brightly coloured fruits and vegetables to supply your body with the needed nutrients for recovery.
  • Wear loose clothes and slip-on shoes to make it easier to do things around the house.
  • Have someone assist you in your activities, such as changing clothes or taking a bath.
  • Take a short, easy walk each day to ease you into your recovery.
  • Have a proper chair that supports your back.

Don’ts:

  • Do any strenuous activities, like dancing or heavy exercises.
  • Bend over at the waist when picking up low objects; Instead, bend at your knees or squat to reach the object.
  • Lift anything over 10 pounds; Have someone assist you in this.
  • Sit in soft chairs and couches where your hips drop below your knees.
  • Hesitate in calling your doctor or specialist if any problems arise.

 

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Camden Medical Centre #11-05
Singapore 248649
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