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Hi There, My name isXXXXX am a mature 73 one parent dad

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Hi There,
My name isXXXXX am a mature 73 one parent dad to Ryan 7, I am fit and healthy, on no medication, I live in a remote area of Scotland, I have no family, or help. just pointing out these things in case they help in your advice, as I do have to do the things having a child require.
This morning about 2hours ago app. 8 45, I slipped when coming down the stairs, the bottom part of my back impacted hard on the bottom step, I am sure there is no serios damage done, I done A few excercises and all seems fine, two hours on I am starting to feel pain and stiffness, all par for the course, what I want advice on what is the best action for cure, is it rest as much as possible, or move about as much as possible, you hear many different things to do, what advice can you give me, taking in my lifestyle.
thank you for listening
The usual advice for an acute musculoskeletal injury is RICE - rest, ice, compression, and elevation. For the back, it is difficult to perform compression and elevation, but it is reasonable to rest and apply ice. It is not necessary to be on complete bedrest, but it is better to avoid any activity that strains the back, such as bending over and lifting. Ice packs can be applied every 3-4 hours during the day.

Ice is most important for the first couple days. After the first couple days, moist heat is more important than ice.

It also would be OK to take paracetamol to help if the pain. An anti-inflammatory medicine, such as naproxen, would also be appropriate, if you do not have a separate medical condition for which you have been advised to avoid anti-inflammatory medicine.

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