DIFFERENT TYPES OF BACK PAIN…

The most common type of back pain that people suffer from is often acute back pain. This is pain that’s severe and happens out of nowhere, or at least it seems that way. In reality, there’s often a trigger that caused the pain, and you’ll be able to remedy the problem once you figure out what it is.

Chronic back pain, however, is recurrent and can last for weeks or months, and sometimes even longer. It’s usually related to diseases such as osteoporosis, degenerative disc disease, etc.

The severity of your back pain usually dictates whether you’ll see a doctor or not. Most people with mild back pain, tend to just wait things out and rest. While this is understandable, if the pain is nagging and doesn’t go away, you must see a doctor as soon as possible so that any possible problems can be treated in the early stages.

 

Sudden onset back pain

If you have sudden onset back pain, this could be due to an injury or a fall, or a strain. In some cases, the pain may only show up a day after the event, so you may have forgotten about it.

For example, if you strained your back while moving the couch, your lower back may start to throb or hurt a day later. By then you may have forgotten about the couch and be wondering why your back hurts. So, you’ll need to think back.

This is just one example. Working out at the gym, braking suddenly while driving, or even bumps to the back can cause back pain. In these cases, some pain killers and rest will suffice.

Usually, lifting heavy objects or twisting your trunk may cause sudden onset back pain. The facet joints get temporarily out of alignment and this will cause the joint to get inflamed. The surrounding soft tissues and muscles will get swollen and hurt. You may need to see a doctor.

 

Gradual onset back pain

Another type of back pain is one that starts gradually. Sciatica is one such issue. If you have pain that’s located between your lower back and glutes, you might be suffering from ankylosing spondylitis. Pregnant women whose backs are strained will also display similar symptoms.

Another serious gradual onset back pain arises when there is inflammation in the sacroiliac joints. In cases like these, you must see a doctor. Numbness around your back and buttocks, loss of bladder control, pain during bowel movements, etc. are all signs of back issues that require professional medical attention.

 

Chronic back pain

With these types of back pain, it may seem like there’s no cause. The pain may come and go away. It’s episodic, recurrent and not as severe as acute back pain.

Usually chronic back pain arises due to poor posture that takes a toll on the joints and muscles over time. Correcting your posture will remedy the problem. It could also be due to aging, where your joints suffer wear and tear.

If the pain is persistent or worsens, there may be inflammation. It’ll be best to see a doctor.

These are the 3 types of back pain that generally affect most people. What you really need to know is that when assessing your pain, you must be honest with yourself. If the pain is getting worse, do not bury your head in the sand and expect it to go away. Immediately visit a doctor and get it checked out. A stitch in time saves nine.

3 GREAT TIPS ON HOW TO PROTECT YOUR LOW BACK…

Prevention is always better than cure. Even if you have no back pain, it’s always best to take measures to keep it at bay. Back pain, when serious, can be debilitating and make your life a living hell. While certain types of chronic back pain are unavoidable due to genetics or diseases, the acute type of back pain that most people suffer from can be nipped in the bud with the right habits.

It doesn’t matter if your back pain is chronic or acute. The tips below will help you to alleviate the pain and bring relief. In the early or intermediate stages, you may even be able to reverse the problem.

Most people suffer issues in the lower back, and the tips below will be extremely effective for treating lower back problems. It’s important to understand that if your back pain is caused by injury to the cartilage or bone, you’ll require rest. The injured area needs time to heal.

However, during the resting process, your muscles surrounding the joint may weaken due to lack of use. This can lead to persistent back pain too. So, it’s a catch-22 situation. You need to rest, but you also need to strengthen your back muscles. That’s why physiotherapy is very important for back injuries.

Now let’s look at the tips.

1. Strengthen your abs and back

A person with a strong back and abdomen will be much less likely to experience back pain than someone with a weak back. Exercises such as deadlifts, flutter kicks, hanging leg raises, planks, etc. will strengthen your core and your back. Once both of these parts are strong, your back will not be prone to back pain.

2. Proper footwear

Women should avoid wearing high heels for long periods. While they may look good, this comes at a heavy price. The spine experiences abnormal stress when the heels increase the lower spine’s curvature.

You should also note that your footwear should be appropriate for your job. If you walk or stand a lot during your job (e.g. nurse, waitress, etc.) you should wear proper shoes that provide adequate support.

If you have flat feet or a high arch, it’s even more important to get shoes that support your feet well. When there is pronation in the foot, the lower spine and hips are affected. You may wish to use orthotics to help balance out your feet. People with flat feet or high aches may also experience plantar fasciitis, which is another painful condition. So, once again, being prepared will keep pain away.

3.  Focus on your posture

Poor posture is a hard habit to break. You need to be constantly aware of your posture. When standing, keep your back straight with your shoulders pulled back. Slouching can not only cause back pain but also neck pain.

Stand with your back against a wall. Lean your head back and pull your shoulders back a little. You’ll understand what good posture should feel like.

The same applies when you’re seated. Too many people spend hours sitting hunched over a computer typing away. Always check and make sure that you’re sitting upright. Pull your chair close to your desk, and this will help to keep you straight and upright.

Keep these 3 tips in mind daily. Exercise regularly, use proper footwear and maintain good posture. These are the cornerstones to preventing and relieving back pain.

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A GIDE TO INFRARED THERAPY FOR PAIN…

Infrared therapy for pain is a natural, non-invasive treatment for pain relief for all sorts of problems. Knees, in particular, seem to suffer from inflammation of the joints. Other areas include neck pain from a strain or just fatigue from bad posture. Shoulders are another common site for pain and the infrared light therapy can soon improve the circulation around the shoulder to alleviate the pain.

There are many benefits of Infrared therapy for pain which include that it’s been scientifically proven for over 40 years.

You don’t need to visit a hospital or clinic to relish infrared light therapy.

It’s been demonstrated that infrared boosts your blood flow which helps with circulation.

It’s cost-effective and will save you time and money.

This is excellent for the well-being of your heart and has been proven to decrease the accumulation of plaque and fat in your arteries.

Obviously, it is essential that before using any type of light therapy,  you visit your GP to find the reason for your pain and treat which may also be treated with medication.

There are a number of causes that can demonstrate pain including arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, carpal tunnel syndrome and many more. But, Infrared light therapy is a tested treatment for any condition characterized by pain and inflammation. It improves cellular energy creation, improves blood flow and decreases inflammation.

The point is that the red light dilates the blood vessels and so foster the blood flow. The quantity of infrared rays emitted is based on the size of the particles.

LED technologies for treating arthritis at home, are not merely effective, they’re also very affordable. Saunas are a huge investment, but as soon as they are assembled in your house, they may be used each and every day. There is lots of information about the healing capabilities of Light therapy online and you should research it properly before buying any.

Cordless models offer you more options in regard to use since you don’t have to be near a socket. Another important element is that it must not boost the sensitivity of your skin. The device should have an automated shutdown to avoid an accident but the majority have this anyway.

There isn’t any question that sunlight is essential for health. Infrared light therapy has been shown effective by hundreds of studies all around the planet, it is 100% natural and does not have any known adverse side effects.

 

BACK PAIN DURING PREGNANCY…

Millions of women around the world experience back pain during pregnancy. Usually, it’s one of two types of back pain. The first type is known as PGP, which is an acronym for pelvic girdle pain. This is pain that arises when the pelvic joints are affected.

The second type of pain is more common and arises because of the extra weight the mother is carrying. When there is a child in the tummy, the extra weight in the front, puts pressure on the spine. It makes the back muscles tight, and posture may be compromised too. The ligaments are strained and the back hurts.

The good news is that after pregnancy, the pain will diminish and disappear. However, there are measures that you can take to reduce pregnancy-related back pain.

As they often say, prevention is better than cure. So, it’s best for women to exercise regularly and focus on back and core exercises such as planks, crunches, deadlifts, squats, etc. This will strengthen their body, so that it can withstand the extra weight in the front during a pregnancy.

Of course, this is prior to pregnancy. If you’re already pregnant, and in pain, just follow the tips below.

Always watch your posture

Bad posture is one of the root causes of back pain. The extra weight in front changes your center of gravity. To compensate for this, you should do pelvic tilts often, so that you ease the pressure on your lower back.

Use the right footwear

Forget the high heels and vanity footwear. Get a pair of shoes that provide good support and cushioning.

Sleep correctly

It may be strange to say, ‘sleep correctly’… but it is true. Place a pillow between your legs when you’re sleeping on your side. This will ease pressure on your back. Another tip you should follow is to place a pillow under your belly. When you’re on your side, your swollen tummy will be weighing you down. A support pillow under the tummy will keep things level and balanced without placing tension on your back muscles.

 Do yoga

Certain yoga moves like the cat/cow pose, tabletop, sumo squat, and wide-legged forward bend will help to stretch your back muscles and ease the tension. Another benefit of yoga is that it will improve your blood circulation, and the breathing techniques will oxygenate your blood better. So, you’ll have nutrient-rich blood circulating better around your sore back, and this will alleviate the pain.

Avoid standing for too long

The longer you stand, the more stress your weight places on your back. It’s good to not be in any one position for too long. You must understand that the belly is straining muscles in your back. So, to prevent any one muscle from being strained, it’s best to not be still in one position for too long.

Learn to bend correctly

Ideally, you should learn how to bend and pick up items correctly when you’re pregnant. Going for maternity classes or doing your own research will help you understand how to work with your body so that you don’t end up in pain.

These 6 tips will help most pregnant women reduce the pain in their backs. Besides the methods above, heat and cold treatments will work too. You could give acupressure or acupuncture a try.

Speak to your doctor first before trying anything new. Once you get the ‘go ahead’, you can do what you need to in order to ease your back pain.

DRUGS -V- BACK PAIN…

One of the best ways to treat back pain is with medication. While holistic methods like correcting your posture, yoga, acupuncture, etc. are all relatively effective in the long run… but when it comes to immediate pain relief, nothing beats the effectiveness of oral medication.

There are several different types of drugs use to treat back pain. Some can be purchased over-the-counter while others will need to be prescribed by a doctor. Generally, the more potent drugs will require a doctor’s prescription.

The symptoms and severity of your condition will dictate what drugs are prescribed to you.

 Painkillers

Most of the time, you can get painkillers over-the-counter. Panadol also known as acetaminophen or Tylenol is the most common type of painkiller. It’s used by people to treat everything from headaches to back pain to fevers.

There are also pain relief creams that are used to treat muscular aches and back pain. Usually these creams contain menthol/methylsalicylate which gives the ‘cool’ feeling when applied. Some creams may contain capsaicin too.

The creams while effective, take time to work. The most immediate relief is that your pain signals get altered when your skin is feeling hot and cool at the same time because of the creams.

Aspirin is another painkiller that can be used to treat back pain, but you should avoid taking NSAIDs if you’re already taking aspirin.

 

NSAIDs

NSAIDs are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that block the body’s production of chemicals which are produced when there’s a strain or injury, and causes pain. Do not take these if you’re pregnant.

Common anti-inflammatory drugs are naproxen, ibuprofen, diclofenac, etc. These relieve back pain that arises from arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, musculoskeletal issues, etc.

Whenever there’s back pain, there’s a high chance that the joints and soft tissues surrounding the affected area are inflamed. By using anti-inflammation medication, you’ll be able to soothe these areas and reduce the pain.

 Muscle relaxants

Tight muscles in your back can cause back pain too. Usually poor posture over prolonged periods can strain your muscles and cause them to get tight. Your doctor may prescribe muscle relaxants to help your body relax and ease the pain.

Different types of muscle relaxants have different degrees of efficacy. Your doctor will prescribe you one that is most suitable for your pain. These muscle relaxants may make you drowsy, and stronger types like valium can actually be a depressant and should be avoided by people with depression.

Commonly prescribed muscle relaxants are Valium, Flexeril, Metaxolone, Carisoprodol, Cyclobenzaprine, etc.

 Drugs to improve bone density

These are best used to treat patients with back pain related to osteoporosis or weak bones. While calcium supplements are effective, your doctor may prescribe tamoxifen or raloxifene. These drugs will improve your bone density and reduce your risk of vertebral fractures due to weak bones.

When combined with drugs such as calcitonin and risedronate, the absorption of the bone is improved, and bone density increases.

These are just some of the drugs used to combat back pain. You should speak to your doctor or do your own research online so that you’re well-informed on the topic. Always consult your doctor before taking any medication.

You need to know if you’re allergic or if the medication you take will ‘clash’ with other medications you’re taking. Not all medications play well with each other. So, to stay away from complications and ill-effects, it’s best to approach all medication with caution.