Back pain is a very common problem and many people will suffer from it at some point in their lives. Although it's a common problem, the causes of back pain differ from one person to the next. Here's the low-down on the causes of back pain, how to help prevent prolonged injury through bad back habits.
The causes of back pain
Most people injure their back by straining muscles or ligaments. But some back problems can build up over time, triggered by a sudden movement no matter what age you are. Some of the most common causes of back pain are:
- Lifting incorrectly
- Twisting or overstretching
- Bad posture
- Sleeping on a sagging mattress
- Being overweight
- Energetic activity after a long period of inactivity
How can you ease back pain?
There are several methods of easing back pain, with oral and topical medication. Applying cold packs or freezing spray to the painful area can help ease the pain, but heat can have a comforting effect as well. Try having a hot bath to soothe aching muscles. For oral relief, try Nurofen Back Pain Tablets, with anti-inflammatory ingredients like ibuprofen to provide fast, effective relief and get you back on your feet.
When should you see your doctor?
See a doctor if you think something’s out of the ordinary, you’re in severe pain or your pain lasts for more than three days. Back pain can have long-term consequences if it’s not treated properly.
Types of back pain
Different areas of your back can by afflicted with pain and at different strengths. Find your type of back pain below and the best back pain relief for you.
Tips for avoiding back problems
1. Lift correctly
While keeping your back straight, bend your knees until you’re at the same level as the object, then slowly lift in a steady controlled manner, using your legs.
2. Check your driving position
Your knees shouldn’t rest higher than your hips. If they do, sit on a cushion.
3. Avoid twisting
Swing your feet and legs out first when getting out of a car or bed.
4. Watch your posture
Try to stand up straight as much as possible. And be careful not to slouch when you’re sitting. Placing a rolled-up towel just above the base of your back can help.
5. Avoid crouching for long periods of time
Rather than crouching down and hunching your spine, try squatting keeping your back straight. If you have to kneel, then make sure you get up frequently to stretch and move around.
6. Don’t rush up and down stairs
Overstepping (taking two or more steps at a time) when you’re going up or down stairs can jar your back. So even if you’re in a rush, take one step at a time and keep your back straight.
7. Be careful how you carry bags
Too much weight on one side can cause stress to one side of your back. Alternate bags from one side to the other, frequently. Better still, get a backpack.
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