25
February
2014

Causes and remedies of lower back pain

How to deal with lower back pain

Almost everyone, at some point in their lives, has experienced an unnerving lower back pain that interrupts their daily lives, and makes it uncomfortable to do daily activities. There are many causes of lower back pain, and also many effective ways to decrease and eliminate this pain for our every day lives.

Almost everyone, at some point in their lives, has experienced an unnerving lower back pain that interrupts their daily lives, and makes it uncomfortable to do daily activities. There are many causes of lower back pain, and also many effective ways to decrease and eliminate this pain for our every day lives.

Symptoms of lower back pain can range from a dull ache to a shooting or stabbing pain. One kind of lower back pain can be acute, coming on suddenly and lasting a short amount of time. Acute lower back pain can be caused from physical injuries, like when playing sports or lifting heavy objects. If this acute back pain lasts for more than 72 hours, a doctor should be consulted. Especially after an injury or fall, it is best to seek out professional medical care. If you experience symptoms like a loss of bowel or bladder control, fever, pain when coughing or urinating, or leg weakness, along with back pain, contact your doctor immediately.

Some suffers suffer from chronic back pain, which can last for months at a time. Sometimes this kind of chronic pain can follow heavy lifting, pulling, twisting of the spine or exercising too hard. In some cases, the muscles of the back being strained can cause this type of pain. Usually this type of pain will eventually get better on its own, but you can try putting a heating pad on the painful areas, or taking hot baths, to help relax and loosen the muscles.

Chronic pain can also come from the work you do, especially if you are seated in a chair all day and tend to slouch. This curving of the spine and back for hours on end can make you feel very uncomfortable in the long run. It is best to sit with good lumbar support for your lower back, with your shoulder up and back away from your ears, and with your feet resting on a low stool. When you walk or stand, be sure your back is straight and shoulders are down. If you have a tendency to wear high heels be ware that this could also be attributed to the lower back pain you are feeling. Give in and put on a pair of flats or tennis shoes every once in a while.

Being overweight or having an inactive lifestyle can also cause lower back pain.  The extra weight from the body can put pressure on the lower back, weakening it, and making it painful. Being inactive (even if you’re not overweight) also weakens the muscles in your back, and therefore it is more difficult for your lower back to support the rest of your body, causing pain and discomfort. If you are experiencing back pain, and are not sure why, check in to see if you exercise and are active on a regular basis. If not, you need to change up your lifestyle and start strengthening your back and core muscles. Doing yoga is a great way to do this. Not only does yoga relax and rejuvenate, but it also improves flexibility, posture, and muscle strength in many important places like the back and core.

Mild back pain can often be relieved with over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen. Pain- relieving creams and gels maybe helpful for muscle aches in the lower back. If you are experiencing more severe chronic back-pain, your doctor can prescription medication to help treat and relieve these symptoms. 

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