Oh Backpain, We all have had it at one time!! Or you still might be suffering from it, I do hope this post helps many xoxo
Back pain or backache is a common medical problem today. If it lasts for more than three months, it is said to be chronic. Nearly 8 out of every 10 people suffer from back pain at some point or the other during their lifetime. Backache could range from a slight, continuous ache to sudden sharp pain. Severe and sharp pains usually have a sudden onset and may last from a few months to even weeks. In most of the cases, treatment is not necessary. The pain subsides on its own. Painkillers can offer quick relief but rest is always recommended to allow the body to heal itself. Symptoms of back pain include an inability to stand straight, muscle pain, limited range of movements and decreased flexibility of the spine, stabbing or shooting pains, and pain that lasts for months together at a stretch with no demonstrable cause. The primary cause of back pain is trauma to the lower back, due to sports injury, a sudden jerk in an accident, or due to a burden on the tissues and bones of the spine when working in the garden or around the house. Some diseases like scoliosis, spondylolisthesis, rheumatoid or osteo arthritis, spinal stenosis, kidney stones, infections, endometriosis, and fibromyalgia can give rise to back pain. The main causes are prolapsed intervertebral discs, spasms, tense muscles, or ruptured discs. Back pain is more common after 30 to 40 years of age. Inherited disc diseases could cause backache. The problem is more common in people who are not physically fit. Smoking reduces the supply of nutrients to the intervertebral discs. A smoker’s injuries heal slowly, thereby increasing the time taken for recovery. Arthritis may cause back pain. Overweight may worsen arthritis by straining the muscles and joints of the back. A bad posture at your work place may lead to back pain. If your work involves pushing, pulling, or twisting frequently, you could develop back pain. The use of over-the-counter 'painkillers' reduces discomfort and inflammation. Treatment basically aims at restoring the strength and functionality of the back, besides preventing a recurrence of the injury. In some people, the use of cold or hot compression helps to reduce the inflammation and pain to some extent and allows more mobility. Staying active is preferable to bed rest. In fact, in many cases, gentle exercise results in speedy recovery by strengthening the muscles of the abdominal and back. In serious musculoskeletal injuries where medications fail to help, surgical intervention may be required to relieve pain. If you suffer from acute back pain that does not improve within about three day’s time, you should seek medical advice. Medical treatment should be sought if you developed back pain after an injury. If you experience symptoms such as tingling numbness, painful urination, weakness, fever, or unexplained weight loss, you should see your doctor. In order to prevent back pain, you must avoid repetitive movements and lifting heavy weights. Maintaining the correct posture is important too. Application of ergonomic principles when designing furniture at home or for the workplace is recommended. This will not only prevent backaches but will also keep you comfortable. Exercising regularly is advisable to strengthen the muscles and ligaments. Maintaining the vitamin D and calcium levels of your body is essential. If you have to lift heavy weights, remember to bend your knees and keep your back straight.