Causes & Treatment of Lower Back Pain
Whilst there are a host of things that can be going on in your lower back, for the purposes of this article we’ll stick to the back musculature which is usually where the problems originate.
Your back should have a natural curve in the lower back area which means that you could easily experience a back spasm just from bending over to pick something up.
However the actual cause of the spasm is not exactly clear & often difficult to figure out exactly what caused it – it could have been the weight of the object as well as the way you bent over to lift it because not taking the weight & stress through your spine could be a likely cause.
It is always best to bend your legs slightly & absorb the weight through your thighs whilst isolating your back so that it doesn’t bear the brunt of lifting the object.
So generally to treat lower back spasms, the first thing to do is to ice the affected area of the back – heat can also be applied to the back muscles.
Medication in the form of anti-inflammatories often have an immediate effect in alleviating the back pain & make movement easier.
The sacroiliac joint in your back can be another culprit in contributing to back pain however strengthening your back muscles is often the best way to ensure that your spine remains flexible, healthy & pain free.
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Lastly if basic treatment for your back does not alleviate the pain you should see a physician as the pain could be the result of a herniated disc, for example, which is not going to respond to basic treatment.
It’s also interesting to note that lower back spasms affect up to 90% of Americans at some point in their lives.
Also, back pain is second only to the common cold as a cause of lost days at work & is one of the most common reasons for going to the doctor.
Furthermore the causes of recurring back pain is frequently the result of inadequate muscle strength, shortened muscles, poor posture, being overweight & poor bending and lifting techniques.
Apart from injuries, these are all factors that can be controlled & relief from back pain can be achieved as the body usually responds very well to treatment especially with muscle balance therapy.