A Real Pain in the…Back!

Did you know that back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit their doctor?

Many of us have suffered from back pain. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help prevent back pain and there are many treatment options.⁣⁣Low back pain can range from a dull ache to a shooting, burning sensation and can radiate down your leg or worsen with movement.

⁣⁣?Muscle or ligament strain can be caused from repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement.

*Bulging or ruptured disks can be a cause of back pain. Disks are like padding between the bones in your spine. The soft material inside the disk can bulge and press on a nerve.

.⁣⁣?Osteoarthritis can cause narrowing of the space around the spinal cord which can lead to pain.

⁣⁣?Osteoporosis occurs when bones become brittle and risk painful fractures in the back.⁣

Good news…⁣⁣

1. Regular low impact exercise helps to strengthen your back and core muscles. Increased strength and flexibility help protect your back. It also helps you to maintain a healthy weight.

⁣⁣2. Mind your posture. Try not to slouch. If you have to stand for long periods of time, place one foot on a low footstool to take some pressure off your lower back. When sitting, choose a chair with good back support, armrests and a swivel base. Be sure to change your position every half hour.⁣⁣

3. Avoid heavy lifting. If you have to lift something heavy, use your legs and keep your back straight. Keep the object close to your body and ask for help!⁣⁣In rare cases, back pain can be caused by something more serious.

Please seek medical attention right away if your back pain causes new bowel or bladder problems or is accompanied by a fever or unexplained weight loss.⁣⁣If your back pain persists beyond a week or two and doesn’t seem to be improving, it’s time to see your healthcare provider. He/she will likely recommend that you see a physiotherapist for an assessment. At A Body In Motion Rehabilitation we will provide you with a thorough assessment of your back and then begin a treatment plan that will include pain relief and appropriate, safe exercises to help you strengthen your back and core muscles.⁣

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