Low Back Pain General Advice

I've had this article sitting around for a little while, I'll likely expand on it in the near future since back pain is so prevalent.



Many of us have had low back pain to some extent in our lifetime - be it a twinge from sleeping poorly the night before or a chronic, non-relenting pain. A quarter of the population has had back pain lasting longer than a day. So what do you do when you get pain, and how to you stop it from coming back?

As a physiotherapy student I’ve had the opportunity to treat patients with low back pain. Everyone is different, but here are some general principles that may help you with your back pain.
First of all, always keep your posture in check. Sitting slouched over a desk or in a very flexed position on your couch can aggravate pain by putting the muscles in your back under stretch and weakening them. It’s important to sit up right and support your lumbar spine with a cushion, rolled up towel, or proper backrest.

Secondly, exercise. Keeping fit and active can help prevent getting back pain in the first place. It has also been found to be an effective way to relieve back pain for chronic sufferers. However, it doesn’t have the same effects for those of you with acute back pain.

In the acute stage ice for the first 24-72 hours, heat after that point, rest, and posture are the most effective ways to treat low back pain. Your GP may give you pain-killers or muscle relaxants during this period as well.

What you need to consider is if this has been an ongoing issue or if you’ve just injured your back and will be over it within a few days. Anything that has been reoccurring should be dealt with professionally. Get yourself to a physiotherapist who can give you individualized advice and treatment. Remember, what works for some does not always work for others.  The patients I have had respond well to gentle exercise and mobilization of the vertebrae, others need only advice about posture. Whatever your needs, make sure you find the right person to meet them.

6 comments:

  1. Back pain is very common and it really affects our daily living.Thanks for giving us this information.

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  2. I hate back pains. All I need to do is to execute some exercises and sometimes I put a pain reliever on the affected area. For me, exercise may prevent us from this condition.

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  3. I've never usually had a problem with back pain, but there was a period during which I really neglected (as in totally bummed off) my lower abdominal exercises for no good reason that I can think of (in retrospect). The result? Back pain. I think sometimes folks forget that the whole range of abdominal and lateral abdominal muscles stabilize the back. We tend to think, "Oh, my back hurts. I should do back exercises," and neglect exercising the front. Just something I've noticed. You mileage may vary, of course....

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    1. True enough. people due tend to ignore out issues that my cause problems and focus on the area that is actually hurting. Posture, good lifting techniques, and balance exercise are key.

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  4. Hi, It's a wonderful sharing, It's really true that, Low back pain or lumbago is a common musculoskeletal disorder affecting 80% of people at some point in their lives, and It is increasing day by day because of our daily activities which is not fully appropriate.
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  5. Totally agree with you Brandon.Back pain may have a sudden onset or can be
    a chronic pain; it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or
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