Managing Back Pain

December 5, 2016 at 6:34 pm Leave a comment

Male Patient Visiting Doctor's Office With Back Ache

Low back pain affects about 80 percent of adults at some point in their lifetime1.

The pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sharp sensation. Most low back pain is short term and lasts a few days to a few weeks and tends to resolve on its own with self-care. For some people, back pain lasts between 4 and 12 weeks; for those with chronic back pain, it persists for 12 weeks or longer.

If you or a family member is suffering from low back pain, try these tips to help find relief2:

  • Improve sleeping position- place a pillow between your knees to keep your spine in a neutral position and relieve strain on your back. For back sleepers, put a pillow under your knees.
  • Maintain good posture- Don’t slump over your keyboard, avoid sitting for long periods of time, sit upright with shoulders relaxed and body supported against the back of your chair, and keep feet flat on the floor.
  • See a physical therapist- therapists can teach you specialized exercises to strengthen your core and show you how to sit, stand and move so your spine stays in proper alignment and helps alleviate strain on your back.
  • Stay active- Exercise, such as swimming, walking or yoga, has been found to be an effective way to relieve back pain quickly. Check with your doctor before you begin any exercise.

Visit your doctor for pain that persists to determine the best treatment.

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For more tips on lower back pain, click here.

Sources:

1 Low Back Pain Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke November 3, 2015. http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/backpain/detail_backpain.htm

2 Managing Chronic Recurring Pain. WebMD. March 28, 2016.

http://www.webmd.com/pain-management/recurring-pain-11/slideshow-relieving-back-pain

 

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