Did you know that back pain is so common that 4 out of 5 people in the U.S. have back pain at one point or other in their lives? This is true according to the Mayo Clinic and they also explain that back pain is one of the more common reasons why people make doctor appointments or why they take time off from work.
The good news is that back pain can be prevented when you follow back pain prevention tips.
It is easier to prevent back pain or decrease the incidents of it if you know the causes for back pain. Common causes for back pain include back strains from not lifting heavy things properly, or from making a sudden and awkward movement. People can experience back pain when they have muscle spasms in the back. Individuals with back structural problems such as bulging or ruptured spinal disks can experience back pain. Those who have sciatica feel a sharp or shooting pain from the lower back to the buttock or back of the leg. Individuals with arthritis can also have lower back pain or spinal stenosis. Individuals with scoliosis can also experience back pain. Those suffering from osteoporosis can have compression fractures of the spine that can lead to back pain. There are also some medical conditions that can occur and back pain may be a symptoms such as cancer of the spin, an infection of the spine or a serious neurological problem called cauda equina syndrome can also result in back pain.
Individuals, who are over-weight, are older, or who do physically strenuous work and even those who do basically sedentary work (sit around a lot) can be at higher risk for back pain. Individuals dealing with long-term stress suffer from anxiety or depression can also experience back pain.
These individuals can lower their risk for back pain by doing low-impact aerobic exercises on a regular basis, by practicing proper lifting and by increasing the strength of back muscles through weight lifting, walking and swimming. Core-strengthening exercises can help to build and condition back muscles, increase the flexibility of your hips and upper legs and help to align your pelvic bones to improve your back.
Ask your doctor how to maintain a healthy weight for your age and height and eat sensibly.
Learn how to maintain a proper posture especially if you stand for long periods of time. It is also important to learn how to sit with good posture especially if you have a sedentary job. Use a back support pillow if you sit a lot.
See your doctor is back pain persists, is constant especially when you lie down or if it spreads down one or both of your legs, causes weakness, numbness or tingling in one or both of your legs, or is associated with new bladder or bowel issues, or is combined with a pain or pulsation sensation in your abdomen. It is also important to contact a doctor if your back pain is accompanied by a fever or if you experience back pain after falling or sustaining an injury from an accident or traumatic event. Individuals experiencing unexplained weight loss that also has back pain should also seek medical attention.
Mayo Clinic Back Pain http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/back-pain/DS00171/DSECTION=when-to-seek-medical-advice