New CNA- How to deal with body pain - page 2

So as I posted the other day I started my first day as a CNA today at a hospital. OMG! my body feels like it is going to fall apart, i even cried after my shift walking to the bus stop because I was... Read More

  1. by   emcadams
    Make sure you have 2-3 pairs of shoes for work. Don't wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row. Call a podiatrist office and see if there are shoe stores in your area they would recommend. Advil may work better than Tylenol because it addresses inflammation. Foot soaking, self massage, stretching, and exercising on off days are all things you need to do. I still have pain, but after getting good shoes, stretching, and biking (the only form of cardio I can do since my feet hurt!), it is definitely a lot better than it was. And yes, it does get better after a few weeks. Stretch during your shift (calves, hamstring, piriformis, abdominal side muscles). Take Advil on your lunch break so you are not in so much pain after work.
  2. by   FutureCRNA?
    I would suggest that on your days off, keep to a good exercise schedule. I think running or elliptical is great, it conditions the body for endurance. When your body is conditioned to run, say 13 mi or 26 mi at a time, being on your feet for 13 hours isn't a problem. Plus you can go to a running store & get fitted for a good pair of shoes, which may help resolve the problem as well
  3. by   kikkidee6
    My advise is get god shoe I have Klogz USA and Ilove them my sis is an LPN and she told me about them and Advil take two and your good to go
  4. by   LightX
    SHOES! you have to spend the $ to get a really good pair of shoes! Sears has some good nursing shoes.

    Take an aspirin before your shift and get some muscle rub to use on breaks.

    Pay attention to how your lifting, pushing, pulling. I recently noticed that I've been lifting a resident to a standing position who could stand herself with encouragement and a little more patience on my part.
    >crank the beds up for providing care...even if it's only for a quick reposition! It makes all the difference in the world. Take the time to do it, one wrong or difficult lift can start your pain for the entire shift.

    Stretching before/after and during your shift helps. Find the correct ones to do! I stretch in the break room and don't care it I get "looks"

    Your body will get use to it after a while! Right now, it's new and your body is screaming at you to stop. But, it will cope with the change!
  5. by   marsqueen
    I'm sure I sound like I am talking out my butt, and sound like a complete jerk, which I don't mean to, but at this point I would welcome the back pain for a steady paycheck.

    On the other hand, this may sound silly, but I've had other jobs where I had to do heavy lifting and the one thing that helped me was yoga. Have you tried that? I thought it was stupid at first, but it really does stretch your muscles and make you stronger.
  6. by   NurseRose84
    Agreed about the yoga. I've found that's the only thing helping my sore muscles. However, I think my soreness comes from having lost a lot of muscle tone due to my last job being in an office. I also think good shoes and socks help a lot.
  7. by   5 meals
    Quote from Purple93
    I started working out not too long ago b/c I'm 40 pounds overweight (but even the people bigger than me don't seem to be effected).
    I don't know how bigger people manage, but I'm also overweight and suffer from lower back pain. It doesn't bother me if I'm standing straight up, but it can be burdensome if I'm bending over for any length of time. I think it's the weight of my gut pulling on my lower back. It's not a strength problem for me either. I lift fairly heavy free weights, so I have the core strength, but I think the problem is a matter of fatigue.

    Do you find yourself stretching your toes when your feet hurt? That may be an early sign of plantar faciitis, or at least weak feet. It takes time to strengthen feet, but stretching everything from the glutes, to hamstrings, calves, and feet can help prevent and get over plantar faciitis.

    How about joining me in a diet? We can lose the extra weight, and hopefully we're rewarded with less lower back pain. It'll be less stress on our feet too. You probably won't want to do most of my workout unless your goal is to look like a burly lumberjack, but you might be interested in the HIIT portion of my workout that I plan on phasing in in a week or two. Basically it's intervals of sprints. The benefits are that it doesn't take that long, and it will raise the metabolism even while dieting.

    Whichever path you chose, I wish you good luck with it.
  8. by   5 meals
    Let me add one more thing.

    You'll get much more strength out of your core when you use more than your lower back. Take a moderately deep breath, push it into your abdomen and flex your abs. Your lower back will still need to work, but this takes a lot of strain off the back and may allow you to lift a lot more weight if the rest of your body is up to it.
    I am sorry you are hurting, CNA's have a very physical demanding job. Please invest in a good pair of shoes, while some may be expensive, it will ease your back and tired legs. Alegria is always having sales on their shoes, and also do not forget to get a good pair of compression socks.
  10. by   amberella123
    Quote from mintygirl
    Hospital work IS harder though than LTC/SNF.
    NOT true at all. Depends on the hospital and ltc. I work at a LTC and have had several CNA's come over from the hospital that are very slow because the hosp they worked at, they had way less patients to deal with and different tasks etc.
  11. by   Purple93
    So just an update. I have been working for about two months now and I just wanted to let you all know how much of a help you were in dealing with the pain with all of the useful suggestions. SO, I am happy to say that I did indeed get used to it. I think i wrote before that I bought some New Balance stability shoes and they make a HUGE difference. In fact, one day it flooded like crazy near my house and my friend who was dropping me off had to let me off down the street from my house or else her car would've gotten stuck like the other fifteen cars did So, my shoes got soaked through and through. The next day I was forced to wear some super flat, very poorly made champion shoes and my feet hurt all over again until my New Balance shoes were dry so the shoe really does matter. I also bought some arch support insoles for the shoe which helped too but were annoying b/c they only go halfway in the shoes and they kept sliding down towards my toes which made my feet hurt again so i haven't really been wearing them. But yeah, on most days i feel absolutely no pain anymore (but on some days i will have a minor foot ache but nothing like before). As you know when I first started I felt so horrible and weak. So this is a major improvement thank you all.
  12. by   GarrettLeonard
    Do any of you bother to use mechanical lifts?
  13. by   Kitsey
    I use the lifts and stands, but that doesn't help when you are told you MUST walk certain residents, even if 'walking' them means 3 aides holding them up and dragging them down the hall. One of my residents is care planned as an Arjo out of bed, and a stand into bed. But we still have to walk him. O-o That is where my broken back comes from