Self-help for lower back pain sufferers
If you suffer from lower back pain, you are certainly not alone. Lower back pain is classed as a musculoskeletal disorder and as such is one of the major reasons for absenteeism from work. A musculoskeletal disorder may affect your
- lower limbs,
- your arms or neck and
- your back.
In the year between 2016 and 2017, the Health and Safety (HSE) figures show that 507,000 workers suffered from such disorders, and a staggering 8.9 million working days were lost because of these disorders.
In the same period, there were
- 84,000 people affected by lower limb disorders, amounting to 17% of the total
- 194,000 workers affected by back pain 38 % of the total and
- 229,000 with problems with their arms and necks (45%).
The sectors with highest rates of musculoskeletal disorders in the UK are: –
- agriculture, forestry and fishing
- transportation and storage
- human health and social work
Other industries also report problems with their workers, but the above account for the most workers reporting such problems.
Doctors and lower back pain
If you go to your doctor because of lower back pain, you can expect him or her to give you a sick note and some painkilling medication. If the doctor does not prescribe painkillers, there are many over-the-counter choices. However, an addiction to painkillers will only exacerbate your health problems.
In extreme cases when you have been repeatedly suffering from lower back pain your doctor might suggest surgery. There are several operations you could have, such as
- microdiscectomy for treating herniated discs which can cause back pain and sciatica
- laminectomy which takes out a layer of tissue or bone which is pressing on nerves or their roots
How to deal with lower back pain at home and at work
If you have a sedentary job, you should get up and walk around at regular (frequent) intervals. When you sit you are putting pressure on your discs. A back chair support can help alleviate this. You could choose to wear a lumbar support belt which would also help.
- You can also do bending and stretching exercises to strengthen the muscles in your lower back. Exercising regularly can help enormously.
- Yoga is also beneficial.
- A qualified chiropractor or osteopath can also help you. Massage is good for the back.
- You could choose from a variety of our products at spinalbackrack, all designed by Harley Street doctors who specialise in treating back problems.
You don’t have to suffer with lower back pain any more, and you don’t need surgery to cure it.
All you need to do is contact us and chat with one of our friendly, professionals. The person you speak with, or write to, will be able to advise you about the best product for you and explain how it should be used for optimal effect.
Why suffer any more with lower back pain? Take the plunge and contact us now for help and more information.