Do you suffer from back pain? Is the pain keeping you from doing your job properly or even from partaking in daily activities of living? You are not alone. The ailment plagues many, many people all around the world and of many different backgrounds and ages. It is a very common ailment but one that does not have a ton of effective options unfortunately. There are, however, numerous things that could be tried and different things really do work for different people. This is largely because back pain is a general manifestation which can result from a number of different root issues. These include but are not limited to nerve issues, muscle or ligament problems, or spinal misalignments.
These issues can arise from a number of behaviorally as well as other issues. Acute trauma such as that from car accidents or other physical injuries can often be a cause of pain anywhere including the back. These are pretty hard to avoid, but certain precautions depending on what you are doing (e.g. wearing a seatbelt in the car or appropriate safety gear when doing things which pose risks) can help reduce the risk of permanent injury.
Poor posture is another cause- one that is easier to do something about. It is important to work on keeping your correct posture by forming good habits. Part of this includes realizing what activities you do where your posture is especially bad and either avoiding them or trying to change something when you do them (e.g. stand instead of sit) and see if that helps you become more aware of the issue and in turn correct it.
Poor lifting habits are a third cause of back pain and one that can be especially common with males. Here it is all about just learning to do things the right way (e.g. lift with your legs, not your back) and stretching before you try to lift something that is heavy.
If you do develop back pain, solutions can vary greatly and some people may not find anything that works, but the key is really to keep trying things if the pain is really that bad. There are some medications that help with pain, but these are often just short-term remedies and sometimes can have many unwanted side effects. It is really better to try to manage the pain by other means including mediation or relaxation, techniques to reduce stress on the painful body parts, and warm or cold compresses. For more serious cases it may be a good idea to seek professional care.
While a traditional medical professional such as a doctor may be helpful, there are many other options as well. A physical therapist can help with some types of issues, especially when they are muscle based. Another option that is sometimes overlooked is chiropractic care. Chiropractors are trained to help with issues of the spine and joints and often deal with many patients suffering from back pain. If you have tried different options and still suffer from back pain, consider reaching out to your local chiropractor to see what they might be able to do for you!
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