Back pain can happen to anyone and for a wide variety of reasons. The good thing is that you don’t have to live with it. Discovering the cause of pain is the first step towards treating it and kissing pain goodbye forever. Sometimes, it’s not obvious what caused the pain, so it’s a good idea to run diagnostic test
If you let your back go into flexion while lifting anything, you’re asking for a slipped disc or some other type of back injury. Rounding your lower back is especially dangerous. It puts extreme shearing force on your spinal discs which will eventually damage them – sometimes permanently.
Slouching and Poor Posture
Slouching and poor posture can cause back pain. If your shoulders slump, you tuck your pelvis under you, or you have a rounded upper back when you stand, then you have poor posture.
If you go to the gym more than 3 times per week and engage in heavy lifting or cardio workouts, you practice a sport more than 4 times per week, or you engage in excessive physical activity, you’re setting yourself up for overuse injuries – most of which will involve a back injury. In most sports, you’re asked to change directions quickly, carry something while rotating your back or spine, or you’re applying compressive forces to the spine (as in weight lifting and running). If you do this often enough, and you don’t allow your body to recover sufficiently, you’re going to get injured.
Degenerative disc disorders
Sometimes, genetics, adverse side-effects from drugs, or a poor lifestyle or diet lead to degenerative disorders of the spine. These are the most harsh because they often involve the most work to correct.
An important first step is to stop the pain. Anti-inflammatory medication like over the counter pain killers can help you, but they’re not going to solve the problem. If your pain is something you think you can recover from, the simplest solution is to take an OTC painkiller and let your body rest. Never take OTC painkillers on an empty stomach as they may cause internal bleeding.
It’s more than “standing up straight.” Stand with your back against the wall. Your heels should touch the baseboard. Lift your chest until your shoulder blades touch the wall. Now, lift your head until it touches the wall. Don’t jut your chin out. Pretend you’re holding a tennis ball between your chin and your sternum. If you have a real tennis ball, use it to practice. This will keep your neck in a neutral position. Draw your abdominal muscles in and up. Think about drawing them up under your rib cage so you have something resembling a “greyhound” stance.
Walk away from the wall and shift your weight to your mid-foot and heel without changing your back, shoulder, or neck position. This will feel odd to you if you have bad posture, but this is correct posture. It supports your back and takes stress off your spinal discs.
Start standing like this, and walking in this posture, and your back pain will be gone before you know it.
Acupuncture can help relieve pain quickly, depending on the cause of your pain. To really get the most benefit from it, you have to see the most experienced acupuncturist you can afford. This is one of those times it pays to spend money.
Many chiropractors can help you relieve back pain via chiropractic adjustments. Make sure you’re put on a course of treatment that has a beginning and end. It’s common for chiropractors to prescribe a never-ending course of treatments. This isn’t a solution. It’s just another band-aid. Your doctor should help you return to a normal state of functioning (health), and not treat you like a chronically sick individual unless you have a real degenerative disease – in which case surgery may be your only real option.
You may need surgery to correct your back pain. This is a last resort since it involves a lot of risks. Discs may be fused together, and you may lose some functionality or flexibility, but it may also be the only way for you to get the relief you’re after.
Josh Coleman is a practicing chiropractor with a penchant for back pain. He enjoys blogging about his expertise. Visit the http://www.backpainrelief.net/ website for more back pain information.