Back Pain & Injuries


Back Pain and Injuries


Lower Back Pain might be annoying and possibly dangerous if not treated properly. Common causes of this type of back pain include strain, overuse, herniated disc, arthritis, osteoporosis and spinal stenosis. This pain may also be the result of severe trauma due to falls or car accidents. Pain resulting from trauma may fade over a time period, but it is possible to develop chronic pain as well.

Symptoms of lower back pain can range from mild, dull, annoying pain to severe disabling pain in the lower back. It might be felt in a central location or spread over a wide area. The pain may come on suddenly, or it may come on gradually. Other symptoms may include stiffness, limited mobility and numbness and tingling in the legs.

Treatment depends on the underlying cause of the discomfort or pain. Back pain remedies may include heat and ice therapy, pain relievers, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory medications. Severe cases may need surgery as well.


Causes of lower back pain

Some common causes for the lower back pain:

  • Strenuous activity or improper use (repetitive or heavy lifting, exposure to vibration for prolonged periods of time)
  • Trauma, injury or a fracture
  • Degeneration of vertebrae (often caused by stresses on the muscles and ligaments that support the spine or the effects of aging)
  • Obesity (often caused by increased weight on the spine and pressure on the discs)
  • Sprain or strain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Protruding or herniated (slipped) disk
  • Diseases like Osteoarthritis, Spondylitis, Compression fractures, etc.

Treatment for Lower Back Pain

  • Stay active with your daily activities. This leads to a faster recovery and reduces the chances of chronic pain and disability.
  • Avoid heavy lifting and twisting until your pain resolves.
  • Apply hot water bag or cold ice packs to the affected area.
  • Take medicine or apply creams, lotions and gels that contain painkillers or anti-inflammatory ingredients.

If you are still having a severe pain in your lower back, consult your doctor or physician for proper diagnosis and recommended treatments. Surgery is usually a last resort in people, who have an underlying cause for their back pain.

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