Have you back pain, you are not alone. Lower back pain is a
common problem that many people are experiencing. Lower back pain is
particularly common, although it can feel anywhere along the spine, from the
neck down to the hips.
In many people, it comes on quickly. It is called acute back pain, but then improves or goes away within 3 to 6 weeks. However, it is common for it to come back, with some people going on to develop more persistent pain that lasts for more than three months.
it can have a certain impact on all aspects of life including family life, work, daily activities, recreation, and social activities. In most cases, it does not cause anything serious and will usually get better over time.
Causes of back pain
Often it’s difficult to identify the cause of it. Because of this, it is called non-specific back pain.
Most people don’t have any significant damage to their spine. It comes from the muscles, joints, and ligaments.
Most common causes of back pain are:
Lifting heavy weight or repetitive
Sudden tricky movement
Lack of physical activity
Stress, muscle tension.
Some health conditions such as:
There are also a number of things that can make it more likely that it will become persistent, such as:
Already living with negative beliefs about your
chances of recovery
living with depression or anxiety
In some people, a serious condition causes back problems such as inflammatory problems, infection, cancer, fracture, or compression of the nerves in the spine. However, this is rare.
Symptoms of back pain
It may experiences anywhere along the spine from the neck to the buttocks. In some cases, it may also feel in one or both legs.
While you’re experiencing it, it’s common to be a bit restricted in daily activities such as lifting, bending, walking, and sitting.
Back it may limit movements of your torso. There may be tenderness when pressure applies to the joints of the spine.
Reduce reflexes, sensation, and strength, in your legs, can be a sign of nerve compression.
For people with it, It is common to feel distressed about their recovery.
People with it can develop a fear of movement and activity, worrying that it will make things worse or increase their pain.
Living with it may also lead to mood issues, such as frustration, irritability, depression, and anxiety.
Preventing Back Pain
Preventing it is difficult, but these tips may help reduce your risk:
Do regular back exercises and stay active
Avoid sitting for too long
Take care when lifting the weight
Check your posture when sitting
Ensure the mattress on your bed supports you properly
Lose weight through a combination of a healthy diet and regular exercise if you’re obese.
Your doctor will:
Ask about it, including:
Type of pain eg. Burning or stabbing pain
The pain radiates eg. Moves into your legs
Whether you had back pain before
Things that make your pain worse
The things that make it better
Conduct a thorough physical exam.
Your doctor may refer you for some tests if he thinks there
may be a more serious cause for your back pain.
However, in most cases of it, x-rays, CT or MRI scans are not useful and is not recommended. Unnecessary tests can be expensive, and some scans involve exposure to radiation that is better avoided if the results will not help with your treatment.
A thorough examination by the doctor will decide whether more investigations will be helpful in developing a treatment plan that is right for you. It may be pointed out that many investigations show changes to your spine that are likely to represent the normal passage of time, not damage to your spine.
Most people recover rapidly from it. By using the counter pain relievers and staying active will help lessen it.
There is also proof to suggest that, as part of staying active, people with it should make efforts to remain at work. By working together with your team, you are more likely to recover and avoid the problems that are associated with long periods of time off work.
For more constant back pain, effective treatments are:
Supervised exercise therapy with a qualified
CBT (cognitive behavior therapy) this involves
working with a mental health professional in order to change unhealthy habits
of thinking, feeling, and behaving
Multidisciplinary pain management involving a
team of specialist pain physicians, physiotherapists, occupational therapists
Surgery rarely needs for it unless a more serious issue is causing your back pain.
Almost every person suffers from it at some stage in their lives. Most people recover rapidly with no treatment. The best medicine for it is staying active and at work whenever possible, as well as remaining positive about recovery.
Even in people with persistent back pain, the most effective treatments involve things you can do yourself, such as:
Learn more about your back pain ie. What makes it painful and what makes it better?
Do theexercise as much as possible. Talk with an exercise physiologist if you need specific advice for your situation.
Manage your stress
Lose your weight to lessen the strain on your back
Get up and move if you have been sitting or standing in one position for a period of time.
Stay involved in your social activities because social connections are very important to recovery.
Quit smoking: smoking increases your chances of back pain
Aim to stay at work, on restricted duties if required, and developing a plan with your employer to return to your full work. Your doctor can help you with information about how to stay at work
Lift and carry safely: if you are lifting a heavy load, squat down, hold the object as close to your body as practical and lift by using your legs. Always keep your back straight. Use equipment (trolley) or Get some help from another person if the load is heavy to manage comfortably on your own
Relax: Learn about some relaxation techniques to reduce stress levels and related muscle tension.