Back pain is quite common and affects most of us. It is said that about 9/10 adults experience back pain at some point in their life, and 5/10 working adults have it every year.
Back pain can be painful, uncomfortable, and may vary in intensity – acute, sub-acute, or chronic depending on the duration. The pain may be characterized as a dull ache, shooting or intense pain, or burning sensation. The pain may extend into the arms and hands as well as the legs or feet, and may include tingling with no apparent cause or weakness or numbness in the legs and arms.
Back pain can be classified by various methods to aid its diagnosis and management. The duration of back pain is considered in three categories, following the expected pattern of healing of connective tissue. Acute pain lasts up to 12 weeks, sub-acute pain refers to the second half of the acute period (6 to 12 weeks), and chronic pain is pain which persists beyond 12 weeks.
Back pain has several causes; nearly 98% of back pain cases are diagnosed with non-specific acute back pain in which no serious underlying pathology is identified. Nearly 2% are caused by metastatic cancers, while serious infections such as spinal osteomyelitis and epidural abscesses account for less than 1%. Nearly 95% of disc herniation (slipped disk) occurs at the lowest two lumbar intervertebral levels.
If you seem to pull the same back muscles often, that might indicate a problem with your vertebrae pinching the nerves that communicate with those muscles. A tweak that doesn’t improve in a few days is reason to visit a doctor. But there are steps you can take to give you back pain relief or help you prevent future problems. Find some tips to keep your back in shape and pain-free.
Change bad posture: Bad poster, slumped across a TV console, is what actaully puts more strain on your spine. Instead, stand up then sit back down like you’re doing a box squat. Stand with your feet slightly more than shoulder width apart, brace your abs, then push back with your hips and lower your butt to the chair. This trains your hips and core muscles to properly support your spine while seated.