Back pain can result after years of abusing your body. Poor posture, improper lifting and the lack of body conditioning make the back prone to injury. The lower back is particularly vulnerable and the dysfunction of its major joints can lead to painful results. Other pain-sensitive structures can be stretched, torn and distorted.
Back problems can be caused by an extraordinarily wide range of problems – some of them originating elsewhere in the body, but with pain being transmitted (referred) to areas of the back by the nervous system. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people seek medical attention. It is the symptom that prompts most patients who get therapy. The majority of backache sufferers complain of pain in the lower back; the second most common site of discomfort is the base of the neck.
Virtually all human beings are subject to back pain and related problems. The fact that humans walk upright, on two legs, puts great pressure on the spine and muscles that support it. Over time, back pain is all but inevitable. Normal wear and tear, accidents, disease, and such bad "back habits" as unnecessary strain from overexertion at play or work (especially lifting, pushing, pulling, and reaching for things improperly), and poor standing and sitting posture result in both immediate and long-term back problems.
Symptoms of Back Pain
It is important to seek a healthcare provider if you have any of these following symptoms:
- Pain in the back.
- Numbness in extremities.
- Decrease in range of motion.
Causes of Back Pain
Some causes of back pain include, but are not limited to:
- Improper form for activities.
- Torn muscle.
- Herniated disc.
- Overexerting the back.
- Muscle imbalances.
Treatment of Back Pain
Back pain can get progressively worse if untreated, it is important to treat it via:
- Medication (consult a doctor)
- Massage therapy.
- Chiropractic rehabilitation.
Preventing Back Pain
Some preventative measures include:
- Maintain good posture when doing activities.
- Do not overexert the body.
- Take a rest when you feel pain when doing activities.
- Have a nutritious diet.
- Quit smoking.
- Ensure avid sleep.
If you suffer from back pain and want a natural approach to health, we can help. Our Mississauga clinics have an approach to better health.