What Causes Your Lower Back To Hurt
Oh, my lower back hurts! How many times have we heard it said or said it ourselves? The causes are endless. Did I sleep wrong? Did I work too hard in the garden? Is my age getting the best of me, and a disc ruptured? The problem can lie anywhere between the neck and the bottom of your spine. It could even be something unrelated to the back; for example, kidney stones.
Bad posture is a killer on the back. When I catch myself slouching at the computer, it’s usually because my back hurts or my neck hurts, or both. Of course, an injury experienced in a car accident years ago doesn’t help. The doctor told me the older I get, the more it will bother me.
Some people were born with curvature of the spine or developed it later. Bone pain from osteoarthritis can make the back hurt. Then there’s the herniated disc that provokes a bad case of sciatica. The list goes on: pregnancy, muscle strain, overexertion, kidney stones, inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, endometriosis, menstrual cramps and sitting for long periods of time. Time and space do not permit a complete rundown of what can make a back hurt.
Is there anything we can do to prevent back pain? Regular proper exercise helps keep the back muscles strong, and stretching exercises keep the body flexible and muscles limber. It’s important to do exercises that keep all the muscles in the body well-toned. If we work on developing great abs, but neglect the muscles we sit on, we’re asking for trouble. The strength of the muscles won’t be balanced and could cause the stronger ones to pull on the weaker ones.
If you don’t exercise that much, at least take some short, but frequent walks. Just getting up from your desk at work, and taking a walk around the office for a few minutes will help. Taking a few minutes to get up and move around periodically can help keep muscles from stiffening up and causing pain. If your leisure time activities or your job is strenuous, it’s a good idea to take the time to do something that uses a different set of muscles than you normally use. Balance is important for a healthy back.
If your back hurts, but it’s not in the muscles or spine, it might be a good time to call your doctor for an appointment. Shingles are preceded by pain along the nerves that it affects. Some illnesses, such as kidney stones, endometriosis, uterine fibroids or any illness that affects the pelvic area, can make the back hurt.
If in doubt, go to the doctor. He or she will ask you a series of questions to help identity what is causing the back pain, such as where the pain is located and what kind of pain it is. Is it stabbing, throbbing or aching? Did a particular kind of physical activity lead up to the pain, like playing with the grandchildren? An honest evaluation goes a long way to finding a solution.
Once the doctor diagnoses the issue, they will work with you to create an effective treatment plan for you to follow. In no time at all, you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel. So, get the ball rolling today by calling your doctor for an evaluation to find out exactly why your back hurts.
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