Low Back Pain: Cause and Prevention

It is estimated that around 2% to 10% of the people in the US who suffer from low back pain go on to develop chronic pain condition which in turn affects their daily living for almost 3 months. By and large, the middle and lower back is quite vulnerable to mechanical stresses – like the upper body weight – which always puts a lot of strain on the lower back.

The various conditions that cause middle and lower back pain include:

  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Herniated disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Vertebral fractures caused by osteoporosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Scoliosis

Here are a few tips to get you started on easing out your lower back pain.

  • If you are a heavy smoker, it’s time to give up the habit. According to a study, smokers are at least one-third more likely to suffer from lower back pain than non-smokers.
  • Whenever you stand or sit, try your level best to maintain good posture. And when lifting things, bend your knees. You need to lift the things with your knees and not with your back.
  • Perform exercises to strengthen the support muscles around your back. These include the abdominals, back, hips and pelvic area. Develop and strengthen your core muscles and you will begin to feel more energetic and healthy.
  • Don’t let the pain go untreated. See your doctor at the very onset of symptoms. Getting treated for lower back pain in time can help prevent further damage and keep you stay active.

To detect your back pain symptoms, use the diagnostic tool at Painspot. Locate the exact spot of your pain, identify the symptoms and become more cautious with regard to your condition.

About Doug Roberts MD

Board certified practicing rheumatologist and founder of PainSpot.com
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