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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common complaints of adults today. If you are someone who is constantly battling with back pain, we have some helpful solutions for you! Although back pain originates in your spine, it may also be caused by surrounding nerves, joints, tendons, muscles and ligaments. Unfortunately the pain that started in your back can also spread to other parts of your body.

What Are Symptoms of Back Pain?

There are many symptoms associated with back pain but most commonly noticed are:
-Shortness of breath
-Tingling or numbness in your leg(s)
-Chronic ache in the middle or lower back
-Sharp pains in lower or upper back and neck
-Persistent aching or stiffness anywhere along the spine, from the base of the neck to the hips

How Can I Prevent Back Pain?

Preventing back pain can be simple depending on the severity of your situation. The most common preventative techniques are:
-Abdominal crunches help strengthen core and lower back.
-Stretching muscles throughout your body will help support your back.
-Posture is important to prevent back pain and injury. To help you sit straight, use lumbar (lower back) support. It's easy to add a small blanket or towel to improvise if your chair does not provide this.
-Lifting heavy objects may cause strain on your back. Always know your limit and remember not to hunch over the object. Get a good grip, keep your back straight, head up and lift with your knees.

How Can I Treat Back Pain?

Everyone has a preferred way to heal back pain. The most common ones are:
-Over-the-counter remedies
-Ice or hot packs
-Physical therapy
-Prescription medications

Back pain will occur at any time and does not pick and choose who it affects. Always take care of your back and speak to your physician about the treatments and preventative measures that are best for you.

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