LONG TERM BACK PAIN RELIEF WITHOUT SURGERY…

Long term pain relief without surgery is explained in this infographic from Pain Injury Relief.

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HOW TO PREVENT BACK PAIN WHEN DRIVING…

The Foray Motor Group have written some of the best tips on how to prevent back pain when driving. It includes some of my own tips and others from Back on site, and Active Backs.

The main top tips include :

Tips for avoiding back pain while driving

  • Make sure your car is road worthy
  • Adjust your sitting position
  • Utilise lumbar support
  • Use heated seats
  • Be careful getting in and out of the car
  • Ice your back
  • Take regular breaks

“If your car happens to have heated seats, it’s definitely a good idea to make good use of them in your quest to prevent back pain. Heat has the great benefit of relaxing tight joints and muscles, helping blood flow to the area applied to, and therefore relieving pain. So next time you are out on a long drive and perhaps are starting to feel a little uncomfortable, consider turning that seat on. Barbara McLullich from Back Pain Blog – the personal journey of a chronic back pain sufferer – offers this advice: “I am a true advocate of heat while travelling so if your car does not have heated seats then buy a heat pad to pop on your back. You can buy these from a chemist and most last up to eight hours. Also, have some heat pads ready to use after your journey.”

Be careful getting in and out of the car

Another important thing to consider is the simple fact of how you get in and out of the car as this can have ramifications for your back health. Explaining what to be aware of and how you can help yourself, Barbara from Back Pain Blog says: “Pay attention to how you get in and out of the car. Sit down facing the door and swing both legs into the car. Getting out is the reverse. If this is too uncomfortable to do, you can buy swivel cushions to help you turn around.”

WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU IGNORE BACK PAIN?…

 

What happens if you ignore back pain? They say that up to 7% of people with acute back pain will develop chronic back pain.

If your back pain started after a simple movement, like picking up a book from the floor then it’s possible you could have a slipped disc or a joint problem in your spine.

However, back pain is second only to headaches as the most common location of pain so it could be a simple strain.

They say that many people who lead sedentary lives suffer back pain, or have inherited a genetic susceptibility to back pain.

Of course there are other conditions that can cause back pain. Severe intermittent back pain that goes down to your groin, could indicate that you have kidney stones. Pain in the middle of your back, which becomes worse after eating, could indicate a stomach ulcer. Neighbouring organs problematic? Back pain can also be the result of abscesses, blood clots or tumours in other organs near the spine.

People working in a job that causes vibration like a truck driver can also suffer from back pain. It is a fact that in a two-week period of time, between 25 – 33% of all adults get some form of back pain, so you are far from being on your own.

Back pain became a part of life when humans started walking upright, rather than on all fours. The vertebrae were never really designed to deal with walking upright.

You have to remember that the spine, is like a central scaffolding for the rest of the body. The skull, the ribs, the pelvis and the limbs are attached to it.

In about 85% of acute back pain cases, the exact cause cannot be identified. But the spine is so strong that it can withstand the pressure of hundreds of kilograms.

Always look after your scaffolding and visit your GP if you have any problems before it becomes chronic and remember the Red alert. When certain conditions, are present together with back pain, such as loss of bowel or bladder control, numbness, pins and needles, rapid weight loss, a history of cancer, or drug use, pain unrelated to movement, you should go straight to hospital or phone for an Ambulance.

One of the best sites for up to date research and articles is The British Pain Society which has articles on all things related to pain including pain management programs and pain clinics in the UK.

PLEASE OFFER ME A SEAT AVAILABLE IN CERTAIN AREAS…

In the event that you battle to stand while using open transport, there is a free identification badge which enables you to alarm others that you need a seat.

A considerable number of people have conditions or a sickness but have nothing to show about there condition are in need of a seat on all forms of transport. With this badge you don’t have to clarify your purpose behind the badge but you should be offered a seat.

Around 78 per cent of people who carry the TfL badge say that they now find it a lot easier to get a seat on the bus or Tube. But this is a London-centred scheme. With more than one in six people in the UK have an ‘activity limiting’ condition, accounts from across the UK generally paint a picture of inaccessibility and discomfort on public transport for those with invisible conditions.

If you see someone with a badge or card and you are seated, they say you should stand and offer them your seat. While there are priority seats on public transport, they would like to encourage all customers in any seat, to be considerate and offer their seat to those that are less able to stand.

I am surprised it has taken so long for this to be developed but just reading the difference it has made to people suffering from MS, cancer, being pregnant, to name a few. I just hope it won’t be long before other councils follow suit. If your council has launched this please let us know in a comment for others to take advantage of it.

Not all local councils cover this badge but it might be just worth writing to yours if you cannot find anything online. The ones I found were London, Greater Manchester, and Network West Midlands.

MONTHLY BACK PAIN TIPS FROM BACK PAIN BLOG UK.COM …

This month’s back pain tips are –

Take something to control the pain and stay active. Bed-rest is not the answer.

Classic Pilates moves support the spine and can create a flat tum in the process !!

Revamp your bed to get a good night’s sleep. They say one in ten cases of back pain could be caused by old or poorly supportive mattresses. There are a number of mattress companies that run a ‘try before you buy’ offer so if you get the wrong type you could change it for another type.