Low Back Pain

Lower back pain (or lumbago) is the most common musculoskeletal disorder affecting people these days due to its relation to being the second most common cause of missed work days and job-related disability, only a common cold can cause more missed days. Thus, it is less formerly known as the working man’s disease.

Lower back pain usually resolves in a few days or weeks that is called an acute back pain, however, a chronic lower back pain that persists for more than 6 months may be a cause for concern and require a visit to the doctor in order to find out the underlying cause of the pain which could be due to a serious back related disease or disorder such as a herniated disc, osteoporosis, and arthritis or cancer of the spine.

However, most common causes of acute or short term lower back pain are mechanical in nature such as an injury or trauma that may be caused by a sprain or strain to the muscle from a sports injury, accident or fall, work around the house or in the garden, improper lifting or bending technique, incorrect exercise regime, poor posture, uncomfortable or awkward way of sitting or standing or a sudden jolt or stress on the spine and tissues. Mostly pain arises due to injury to the softer tissues such as the muscles, ligaments, and other tissues than the bone.

Lower back pain can be rather discomforting since it interferes with our work, daily routine activities, or recreation. Age is also a factor that contributes to lower back pain since as we grow older our bones lose their density and elasticity and no longer are so flexible and from general wear and tear of the muscles.

Treatment for lower back pain includes rest, pain relieving medicines, physical therapy such as a massage, ice and heat packs, exercises/activity, and sometimes in severe cases surgery can be suggested.

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