Back pain is a condition that can be the result of a person’s improper movement and usage of back muscles. It can also be the result of stress, obesity, or some other problem with internal organs such as the kidneys.
The discomfort of this condition can inhibit the ability to move around and keep a person awake at night. It is much easier to avoid getting a back injury than it is to get over one. Here is some more information on the condition and how you can prevent or treat it.
The symptoms of most injuries that cause back pain include soreness and stiffness in the back just below the rib cage and above the legs. However, some back injuries will result in pain that can be felt in the neck, shoulder, and thighs. Oftentimes, the symptoms sneak up on a person. The sufferer might be fine one day and wake up the next in pain not knowing how the injury happened.
Back pain can be caused by spinal curvature, muscle strain, slipped disks, Arthritis and Fibromyalgia or nerves (called Sciatica). The workplace has typically been one of the situations where a person is susceptible to a back injury. This could be because of improper lifting or moving of heavy objects, the wrong type of office chair, or just sitting at the computer while curving the spine for too long. Another cause is obesity because a person’s overhanging belly causes spinal curvature. Pregnant women oftentimes complain of having a painful back.
Good posture and movement of the back are keys to the prevention of back pain. Posture is an element of just about every area of life from mattresses to sitting. For example, if a mattress does not support your back, then eventually you will wake up with pain. This is because your back spent 6-8 hours with bad posture in bed while you were sleeping.
The most dangerous injuries of the back occur when lifting improperly. When you lift a heavy object, you should squat, grab the object with both hands, and use your legs to left it, not your back. While lifting, you should hold the object to your body as closely as possible. A similar idea applies when pushing a heavy object across the floor. You should push with your legs and not your back. Concentrate on using the strength of your leg muscles before using those in your back.
Exercise is an important element in preventing back injury but you should make sure it is done properly. Stretch before doing strenuous exercise and do cool down routines after your session. Exercise also helps to keep joints lubricated so it is important to drink water during your session. Another benefit of exercise is that it helps you lose weight which in the long run keeps you from having a back injury.
Most episodes of back pain go away with proper rest, avoidance of strenuous activity, and correcting the situation that caused it in the first place. Medication (e.g., muscle relaxers) may be prescribed by a doctor in cases where the pain prevents the sufferer from resting and getting sufficient sleep. Natural remedies such as SciatiGon from Native Remedies is another option for followers of herbal alternative health solutions.
If your pain in your back persists for more than six weeks, it could be an indicator of a more serious internal problem. Other conditions you should be alert for are pain in your upper back, back swelling, loss of bowel or bladder control, pain because of trauma (e.g., a car accident), numbness in the genitals, pain extending below the knees, pain that does not go away with rest, or the inability to urinate. These conditions require you to consult your physician.
It is up to you to be aware of potentially dangerous situations that could cause a back injury and the pain resulting from it. Look around your home and workplace and change harmful situations that could degrade your quality of life due to back pain.