Managing Back Problems
Overview of Back Pain
Back problems are common for people of all ages and for all sorts of reasons. The issues with back pain are not exclusively due to injury or disease. Healthy athletes overexert themselves and cause muscle strains or spasms.
People get back pain from working at their jobs. The furniture mover gets back pain from lifting. He can over exert himself by lifting with his back instead of using his knees. The office worker experiences back pain from sitting all day in the same position. These back pains are normal, and the pain felt by normal people doing average things. For these common pains, an over the counter pain medication is best.
Aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are the most common over the counter medications for normal back pain. Changing the activity level of your daily routine, lifting heavy items properly, with knee and leg muscles instead of the back, and taking regular standing breaks from the office chair all help to alleviate back pain in addition to over the counter pain medications.
When the back pain becomes more frequent and serious, the patient should rule out serious medical issues. Muscle infections, bone fractures, and different diseases cause permanent damage if not discovered early.
Back Problem Types
The back problems that are serious and can become greater if overlooked are:
• Disc problems
• Injuries to the soft tissue
• Postural Stress
• Sciatic Nerve irritation
• Spine Structural Issues
Some of the lifestyle issues that cause back pain are:
• Lack of exercise
• Poor Posture
• Being Overweight
• Bad Work Practices
• Sitting For Long Periods At A Time
A physiotherapist or doctor determines his diagnosis of your symptoms by observation. The physiotherapist helps by developing movements with correct exercises and suggests the proper ways to lift and move heavy objects. The physiotherapist is an expert in body movement. If pain continues, your doctor might suggest more thorough examinations including:
• An MRI Scan
• Blood Tests
• An X-ray
Preventing Back Pain
Lifestyle changes are required if your daily routine brings on pain in your back. Common recommendations are:
• Regular Exercise – for thirty minutes perform a back strengthening exercise daily
• Lift with your legs by squatting to pick up heavy items to avoid injury to your lower back
• Keep your body weight at normal healthy levels by checking your body mass indicator level
• Be mindful of your posture and sit with your back straight.
• Flex your back periodically by taking breaks from what you are doing. If you are sitting, get up and walk around. If you are standing, sit down for a break.
• Relax by relieving stress to your muscles and back
• Avoid sleeping on your stomach because it will cause back pain. You sleeping mattress should support your back properly. You should awaken each morning feeling refreshed.
Your general medical practitioner may refer you to a pain specialist, an orthopedic doctor, or a neurologist if back pain becomes intense or if his diagnostic test indicates one of these specialists. Take the advice of your doctor and discover maladies early so that you get treated before more serious problems develop.
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