If you are suffering lower back pain as you read this, you are not alone. Most adults at some point will experience back pain that interferes with all aspects of life, be it daily routine, travel, recreation, or even sleep.
It’s the most common cause of work related disability, and is the second most common neurological ailment behind headache. Although it’s sheer misery at the time, most back pain will ease after a few days, but sometimes it will take much longer to resolve or indeed lead to more serious conditions (thankfully rarely)
Where more severe pain continues, it’s advisable to seek the advice of a medical practitioner to ensure that there are no more serious underlying medical conditions, requiring investigation and treatment
What Types of back pain are there?
Acute or short-term low back pain generally lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Most acute back pain is mechanical in nature — the result of trauma to the lower back or a disorder such as arthritis. Pain from trauma may be caused by a sports injury, work around the house or in the garden, or a sudden jolt such as a car accident or other stress on spinal bones and tissues. Poor posture whilst carrying out every day tasks such as driving, manual work, operating a PC for hours or golf after a sedentary working week at the office will all take their toll.
Chronic back pain is measured by duration — pain that persists for more than 3 months is considered chronic. It is often progressive and the cause can be difficult to determine. By this time you should be seeking medical advice to address the problem. Conditions may include arthritis, disc disease, osteoporosis, or congenital abnormalities of the spine
Help! Whats the treatment – How can I get back pain relief? Most strains and sprains of the back are easily treated and respond well to minimal treatment, by following some simple tips
Initially it’s best to rest in a comfortable position. Try lying flat on a firm surface with a cushion underneath your knees, or on your side with the pillow between your knees.
Don’t stay in one position too long or become passive. It’s best to try to keep active. Go for a short walk which can do wonders in helping the pain to subside before resting again
It’s been demonstrated that those people who try to maintain their routines often make a speedier recovery than those who succumb to the misery of back pain. Try to go about your daily routine within reason for short spells between resting
As part of your treatment don’t be afraid to resort to pain killers such as Neurofen on a prescribed schedule. Not addressing the pain can sometimes lead to the muscles going in to spasm and aggravating the condition.
A gentle but firm massage and the application of a liniment on your lower back will help to relax the muscles and provide substantial pain relief.
The use of heat packs, or an infrared lamp can often be beneficial, again soothing and relaxing the muscles or tissue around the affected area.
Lifting and carrying of heavy objects should be avoided during the recovery period, trying to do too much too soon could set you back.
Back pain is no joke and as they say, “prevention is better than cure” so here are a few simple tips for the future. To prevent low back pain
Bend your knees keeping your spine straight when lifting or carrying heavy objects Wear sensible and well fitting shoes Whether at home or at work find a comfortable position from which to work Be careful of twisting and bending when getting in and out of motor vehicles If advised wear a support brace or corset to support your back
Watch your weight – remember it’s you back doing the work!
Lift or carry anything heavy when recovering from lower back pain Overexert your back. Always ask for help if necessary Sleep on a soft bed. A medium to firm mattress is better for your back Twist and stoop to get into motor vehicles Ignore the need for medical help if lower back pain persists
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We are so confident about the LumbaCurve back pain relief product, that it is now undergoing clinical research to evaluate its effectiveness in relieving lower back pain, but here are some comments from satisfied users.