Most individuals experience back pain of some sort more than once during their lifetime. Acute back pain can occur after a fall or an accident. If it lasts longer than 3 months, it is then classified as chronic back pain. Back pain can feel like a dull ache or a sharp stabbing pain. You may experience pain in other regions of your body that is actually back pain radiating outward. In most cases, lower back pain is due to strain on the bones, ligaments or muscles surrounding the spine.
There are times when back pain is an indicator of a more serious illness or disease. In less frequent instances, back pain may actually be a herniated disk where the cartilage in between the vertebrae is bulging and causes discomfort by way of pushing on a nerve near the spine. There are steps you can take to decrease your risk of back pain or injury. Simply enough, muscle toning and strengthening exercises will help build the muscle in and around the back providing more support, flexibility and strength making injuries less likely. While back pain may make you less likely to exercise, often enough, exercise is the best remedy for back pain. If you rest those achy muscles too long, you begin to lose strength and flexibility which is exactly what you need for continued healing.
Everyone should know how to lift objects properly to avoid injury. Keep in mind that you should lift with your arms and legs, not your back. When lifting, your back doesn’t need to be arched, it should remain straight, allowing the weight to be carried by your legs and arms, not your back. Your feet should be pointing in the same direction as your chest, not twisted while carrying or bending. Being mindful of what your body is telling you and moving cautiously while lifting and bending will help you avoid minor back mishaps. If you’re dealing with chronic back pain, you should consult a HealthSource chiropractor for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized treatment plan.