A recent study published by The Lancet states that lower back pain affects more than 540 million people worldwide. It is the 4th leading cause of disability among Indians.
Amitabh Bacchan suffered from Spinal Tuberculosis, mistaking it for regular lower back pain. Are you missing out on any warning signs of lower back pain?
If you’re experiencing any of the above symptoms, visit a healthcare professional at the earliest. He or she will first diagnose the type of back pain you have and then suggest relevant treatment options.
How you describe your back pain will determine the kind of treatment you will be administered. Based on the location and any related symptoms, the three types of back pain are:
Our spinal cord is made up of 33 bones, 23 discs and 31 pairs of nerves. With such a complex structure, there can be multiple reasons for your back to hurt.
Unfortunately, 85% of patients with lower back pain have failed to identify the right cause of their back pain. But with the advancement in technology and procedures like Digital Spine Analysis, you can now pinpoint the reason for your lower back pain.
We spend at least 9 hours sitting at the office every day. Sitting increases pressure on your spine by 200% and can be a cause of experiencing lower back pain. Here are a few ways to keep your back in health at work.
The soft muscles in your spine bear almost 70% of your body weight. Factors like lack of physical exercise, overloading, poor posture, lack of nutrition, injury, and genetic factors may contribute to deteriorating muscle health and muscle degeneration. The good news is that 85% of back pain can be treated, as soft muscle tissues can be regenerated at any age with a guided spine rehabilitation program.
Your disc is made up of 80% water and is a jelly-like structure. Wear and tear to your disc can cause lower back pain. Main causes of disc degeneration are ageing, wear and tear, lack of nutrition, smoking, dehydration, and trauma. If identified on time, some discs can be treated without surgery.
Putting a strain on your back, heavy lifting, or repeated trauma or injury, gym injuries, or sports can cause muscle tear and cause back pain. Painkillers are not always the solution - try exercising and correcting your posture, resting your back, and eating well. If problems persist, consult a doctor.
Changes in disc pressure, bone structures, or soft tissues can lead to pressure on your spinal nerves which can lead to a painful back. If your back pain is radiating to your arms and legs, consult a spine specialist immediately.
Back pain is a personal, complicated experience and differs for everybody. From causes to symptoms and duration of treatment, your back pain will differ in intensity.
Apart from the wear and tear our spine endures, did you know, there could be other simple things that could cause you back pain?
Let’s look at some of the causes of back pain we tend to overlook or misunderstand:
Whatever may be the cause of your lower back pain, it can be unnerving. Here are 5 ways you can manage your lower back pain at home. However, if pain persists, consult a healthcare professional at the earliest.
Many foods have been shown to reduce (or increase) inflammation, a known cause for back pain. So when you have back pain, changing your diet may help you avoid it.
A plant-based anti-inflammatory diet can help relieve back pain and keep your back health in shape. Vegetables like carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, cherries, berries, grapes and red wine, pomegranate, and watermelon. Herbs and spices include basil, cinnamon, ginger, rosemary, garlic, curcumin, onions, oregano, and turmeric. Also, drink healthy herbal teas and true teas (green, oolong, and white). Flax and chia seeds, especially when eaten in combination with omega-3-rich coldwater fish like salmon, mackerel, sardines, and tuna can help with back health.
Apart from the above mentioned, try to quit smoking and watch your weight to keep your back health in shape.