Back pain is one of the leading causes for visits to the doctor and those visits don’t come cheap.
There are over 50 spinal disorders, and the most common spinal conditions (Sciatica, Disc Herniation, Disc Degeneration, or Degenerative disc disease, Acute Low Back Pain, Chronic Low Back Pain, Pain stemming from the sacroiliac joints, Spinal Stenosis, Spinal Arthritis, Scoliosis, and other spinal disorders that affect the spinal cord and nerve root) are caused by some sort of deformity in the back that leads to spinal compression.
Now, what is spinal compression, you may ask?
This process occurs when the spinal vertebrae compress. This in turn leads to the spine to shorten, which in itself causes displacement of the spinal structures. As a result, problems occur not only within the spinal canal, but other parts of the body, such as the legs, arms, lumbar spine, or upper body in general.
What’s worse is that you may be doing things in your regular day to day life that may act as a trigger for back pain or for aggravating it.
Here, we will be looking at 5 things you must avoid and change in your life and how you can manage your back pain.
- Sleeping Position: Sleeping with a wrong posture is a common reason for people to have reoccurring lower back pain. It can be annoying to change your sleeping posture as you are not used to it. You can get special pillows (or even make do with normal ones) that will help you sleep in the correct posture comfortably.
- Weight: If you are overweight or obese it can be a huge factor to back pain. As your body gains more weight more pressure is exerted on the spine. It can be worsened if you are already suffering from other condition that is causing back pain.
- Treating the Symptoms: Taking pain killers and other pills to relive your back pain may work but they often work for a short while before the pain makes a comeback. This is because pills don’t always work on the issue causing pain, they work around it, numbing your pain receptors so you don’t feel the pain while the problem is still there.
- Sitting/Standing Posture: You would be amazed how much your posture affects your back. In short sit and walk straight. Laying on your chair might seem like a good idea at the moment but it comes back to bit you later. Mix in some physical activity if you sit for a prolonged period of time.
- Lifting: It is recommended that you don’t lift at all. But it is a requirement for people who have laborious jobs and for athletes. Make sure that you are following the correct guidelines while lifting heavy objects as lifting is a common way to get your back injured.
A caveat that must be noted here is that if back pain is the only symptom that you are suffering from, the treatment options mentioned below apply to your case. However, if there you are experiencing other symptoms along with your back pain, it is important to seek medical advice and obtain a diagnostic.
Usually, in this case, a physical examination will be carried out first. Your doctor may also ask questions to better understand your symptoms, and to see if there are any other possible causes for your symptoms, apart from the back pain issues mentioned earlier in this article. If any cause of concern is detected, you may be referred to have further tests to rule out the possibility of something more serious, such as a spinal tumour, causing you these symptoms.
Treatment of low back pain as well as other back pain related conditions can be discussed by seeking professional medical advice. Although more specific treatments depend on your exact condition, for the majority of the time, the most common forms of treatment are listed below, from the least to the most invasive:
- Physical therapy – which yields the best results and has the least drawbacks
- Medication that reduces the pain, including injections – although it might seem like this does something to help with your back pain, the only thing that takes place is the masking of your symptoms
- Surgery – the most invasive type of treatment, which surprisingly, also offers temporary relief from pain. Many patients find that although their surgery seemed successful at first, in 1-2 years, they ended up where they were prior to the surgery. More than that, due to the invasive nature of the procedure they have suffered, they now have a new set of symptoms that come as a side effect from the surgery. That’s why surgery is only considered in extreme cases, as a last resort.
That being said, although you have a few options to treat your back pain, they either come with side effects, or don’t work so well. That is why we want to present you with this unique technology, which although it may look simple, it is highly effective. It is called The Spinal Backrack.
From the top spine specialists of Harley Street comes the Backrack technology to help you ease your back pain at home
The Backrack has been created to mirror the natural curvature of your spine. It's a simple yet effective medical device that decompresses your spine naturally and turns it back to its natural shape and length. Spinal compression is when the shape of the spine deforms because your vertebrae get compressed, which shortens the spine. By following the easy Backrack exercises, you can get pain relief in no time. It is already being used by many medical professionals to treat back pain.