Back Pain: A Real Problem To Many

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· Even though back pain is common in the elderly it can affect people of any age. The pain can be of varying intensity ranging from mild muscle spasm to severe nerve compression.

· The main reasons for back pain are due to a degenerative disc, joint or arthritis.

· Most of the back pain is often self-limiting and do not require any medical intervention. Pain that is associated with leg pain or changes in bowel and bladder habits should be taken into consideration.

· Sitting continuously for more than half an hour without changing the posture can result in chronic lower back pain. This is commonly seen in the people working in the IT sector as their jobs demand them to sit in front of the computer for a prolonged period of time.

· It is very important to maintain good posture when you sit, stand or sleep. Or else it could strain the spine and lead to various complications.

· Place a pillow or a cushion right behind your back while you sit for long periods. This provides support to the spine and prevents backaches.

· Gastritis could be another cause for backache as the excess acid buildup along with indigestion is found to have an association with back pain. In this case, there will be a relief in back pain once the gastritis is completely treated.

· Lifting heavy weights whether it is during an intense exercise session or just carrying out some household chores could multiply the incidence of sprain, disc prolapse and muscle injury.

· So in such cases do not put the entire stress on your back. Try lifting weights only if it is bearable and bend the knees while lifting.

· Change your posture frequently to prevent pressure buildup in various parts of the body, especially along the joints.

· A physiotherapist could advise various exercises which are to be carried out on a regular basis to ease out the pain and discomfort associated with a backache.

· Make an appointment to a specialist if you experience severe back pain that affects your sleep, with unexplained weight loss and those with a history of cancer or fractures.

· Well, there are many treatment options available that include acupuncture, nerve block, spine fusion, steroid injections, over the counter (OTC) medications, calcium and vitamin D3 supplements.

· The best way to cure a disease is to rule out the root cause rather than just treating the symptoms. So instead of using analgesics that suppresses the pain stimuli, treat the underlying cause. This approach could provide a permanent cure to the disorder and prevents it from recurring in the future.

· Nowadays it is a trend to take a shot of epidural steroid injections. Resort to such procedures only if the benefits out-way the risks. Otherwise, you would end up with some life-threatening consequences.

· Take rest when the pain accelerates but don’t completely stop doing your day to day activities as this could result in the decline of the range of motion in the long run.

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