Nowadays back pain is most difficult and frustrating problem faced by a large number of people. The problem is referred by different names such as Backache, Low back pain, Lumbar pain, Pain – back. If you are like most people, you will have at least one backache in your life.
Our back is very complex structure made of bones, nerves and joints. It is very difficult to pinpoint to cause of pain.
Back pain or discomfort can happen anywhere in your back; most common place or the most common area affected is your low back. Our Low back supports most of our body’s weight. Low back pain may be short-term (lasting less than one month) or long-term (lasting longer than three months).
Pain felt in your lower back may come from the spine, muscles, nerves, or other structures in that region. It may also radiate from other areas like your mid or upper back, a hernia in the groin, or a problem in the testicles or ovaries. There are different variety of symptoms you may feel if your back hurts. You may feel burning sensation or tingling or you also may experience weakness in your legs or feet.
Causes of back pain
With the changing lifestyle back pain is becoming a serious problem. It is becoming more common in IT/ITES employees who have to sit for hours at a stretch. Common back pain causes include:
- Carrying, pushing, pulling or lifting incorrectly.
- Riding a two wheeler for long distances/Driving for long time or sitting improperly in car for long time
- Sudden Twisting
- Bending for a long period of time.
- Having poor sitting posture.
Sudden back pain without any reason are usually sign of muscle tear, ligament or disc problem.
There may be other, more serious underlying causes of your back pain, but these are rare.
They include: Fracture, Osteoporosis, slipped disc, Spinal stenosis, etc.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, then see your GP as early as possible
Swelling on your back or Redness
Pain down your legs and below your knees
Numbness or weakness in one or both legs or around your buttocks
Constant pain, particularly at night
Pain that’s worsening and spreading up your spine.
These symptoms are known as red flags. It’s important to seek medical help for these symptoms to ensure you don’t have a more serious, underlying cause for your back pain.
Overcome back pain
A change is lifestyle is a must to overcome back pain. A little physical movements every now and then during the day can go a long way in keeping the back pain away. A few other good practices that can help in avoiding the back pain are:
Stretch gently and exercise your back muscles
Sit straight in a chair (avoid wrong posture)
Avoid sitting in one place for more than 30 minutes. Take a 30 seconds walk every 30 minutes.
If you are suffering from back pain, avoid lifting heavy things
Sleep straight on your back and as far as possible sleep on a hard bed or on the floor.
Adjust your sitting place, the computer screen according to your convenience so you don’t have to bend forward to see your computer monitor or reach your mouse.
Avoid riding long distances on two-wheeler
Back pain will soon reach an epidemic proportion but a little knowledge and small changes can help you family to avoid it.
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