If you hurt your back it can be very difficult to stop doing the movement that is hurting it and rest. There are several ways you can help look after your back.
Make sure your local council gives you a carer’s assessment. This looks at what your caring role involves (including lifting, handling and moving) and will look at how best to help you do this. You may be able to get training, advice and suitable equipment.
If you already have back pain
If you are worried about your back talk to your GP. Let them know that you are a carer and what lifting and moving you have to do.
You can also get support online. Bupa have advice about how to manage your back pain.
Preventing back pain
It is better for you, and the person you care for, if you learn how to care for your back.
York Carers Centre have created a short film called moving and handling at home - a carers' guide to what not to do.
You can also find a lot of other information and help online:
- Moving and handling the person you care for on NHS Direct includes a lifting checklist.
- NHS direct also have Top 10 back care tips, including lifting advice, how to sit properly and back strengthening exercises.
- Marie Curie offer practical advice about day to day caring including moving someone in bed and helping them stand and walk.
- Carers, look after your back from Bupa includes practical ways to prevent back problems and includes simple exercises.
- BackCare have a carer’s guide to safer moving and handling of people which includes a DVD. - this a guide you have to pay for.
- BackCare also have a caring for carers booklet which includes a health checklist for carers.
You could also get in touch with your local carer services as they may be able to offer you support. For example, they may run training to help you learn how to move the person you care for properly or be able to put in touch with other carers in a similar situation.
Stress as a cause of back pain in carers
BackCare have a leaflet about how stress is a major cause of back pain in carers. Download the leaflet below:
Find more about reducing stress.
Next update due: June 2017