If you have lower back pain, you are not alone! About 80 percent of adults experience lower back pain at some point in their lifetimes.
The lumbar spine/ lower back, is a well-engineered structure of interconnecting bones, joints, nerves, ligaments, and muscles all working together to provide support, strength, and flexibility. This complexity does, however, cause the lower back to be more susceptible to injury and pain.
Lower back pain can vary in intensity from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp sensation that leaves the person unable to move. The pain can happen suddenly or can develop slowly over time from repetitive movements.
- Strains occur when a muscle is stretched too far and tears, damaging the muscle itself.
- Sprains happen when over-stretching and tearing affect ligaments, which connect the bones together.
Common causes of lower back pain include:
- Lifting heavy objects, or twisting the spine while lifting
- Sudden movements that place a lot of stress on the lower back
- Poor posture over time
- Sports injuries, especially in sports that involve twisting or are high impact
Fortunately, most back pain gets better relatively quickly.
What can you do to aid recovery & reduce the pain:
- Hot or cold packs: Help ease pain and reduce inflammation and can sometimes allow greater mobility.
- Exercises: can be an effective way to speed recovery See Neil demonstrate some helpful exercises in the video below
- Activity: Try to continue doing daily tasks, where they do no aggravate the pain. Bed rest should be limited.
- Medications: A wide range of medications can be used to treat the pain. It is advised to chat with a health care provider before use.
- Osteopathic care: Treatment help significantly with recovery.It helps to enable the rest of the spine and body to move as well as possible so that the lower back is under less stress. This results in greater comfort and should enable a faster recovery.
Please contact the Evans Osteopath team to make an appointment to get your back pain under control.
exercises for lower back pain