Common Back Problems

It’s no secret that tens of millions of people all over the world have back problems. Why are back problems so common? Your back is a fragile apparatus that requires strengthening if it is to be used for intensive use. Quite a few problems occur when people who normally don’t use their back much start to do heavy lifting. For example : helping friends move their stuff from their old house to their new house. You get home after a day of moving furniture over and realise that your back isn’t feeling very good. Perhaps you shouldn’t have helped lift that heavy couch? Your back is telling your brain that it is strained and now requires time to heal itself. Back pain relief is a big business for a reason. But it can be hard to find a way to relieve your back pain. A solution must be found quickly, however, because back pain can really obstruct daily life.

Other causes of back pain can be from nerve impingements due to a herniated or ruptured disk. This is where the disk bulges out of the spinal column and puts pressure on the nerve root. Sometimes you can have what is known Spondylosis. This is due to a stress fracture or injury of the spine. When one spinal vertebra slips away from another it is called Spondylolisthesis. These are mostly caused due to a degenerative condition. Spinal Stenosis is another cause of back pain. Spinal Stenosis is when the spinal disks lose moisture and volume which decreases disk space.

For people who’d rather not run (okay “run” might be a bad choice of word) to the store for pain medication can consider a physiotherapist with the right qualifications. A good physiotherapist will make you feel much better when you head home after a session. They will attempt to unblock muscles that have been strained. This option is perhaps the more expensive option because it may require more than one session. But no medication is required, which in the end is healthier.

Quite a few people will not have time to visit a physiotherapist, especially not for a few sessions, so they will need a “quick fix”. Over the counter pain medication is the choice for these people. What you need to keep in mind, however, is that these merely suppress the pain you are experiencing. You will still need to avoid using your back too much to allow it to heal properly. Make sure you get the right medication that fits your personal situation.

If your back pain isn’t severe you should try some home remedies. A hot bath will help relax your back muscles. Exercises specifically for the back will help loosen the muscles. Don’t overdo it though! Start slowly, and if you see improvement without an increase in pain gradually increase your exercise repetitions. If your back pain does not subside after giving some of the tips on this page a fair try then you should consult your doctor.

Remember to listen to your body!

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