Are you part of the 80% of our population who suffers from severe back pain? Do you think that the pain is inevitable just because it's so common - especially in older adults? Well, then, you've got it all wrong...
Orthopaedist Dr Mark Knaub, of Penn State Hershey Medical Center in Pennsylvania in the USA, has confirmed that will approximately eight in every 10 people will suffer back pain at least one in their lifetime, it's not inevitable.
Here's what Dr Knaub recommends you do to reduce your risk of back pain...
What are the most common causes of back pain?
Before we get to the treatment options, let’s recap on what causes back pain
. According to Dr Knaub, ligament, tendon and muscle strains or soft tissue injuries top the list of the most common causes of back pain.
When you twist, bend, fall or lift heavy objects, these injuries can occur, Dr Knaub, who’s the chief of the medical centre’s adult orthopaedic spine service, explained.
Of course, when you injure yourself and back pain strikes, most people reach from over-the-counter painkillers, anti-inflammatory medications or muscle relaxants. While Dr Knaub doesn’t see anything wrong with this, he says that physical therapy is a more effective approach to reducing chronic back pain.
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Can you help me with my pain?
Your knees burn, finger crack and back throbs, yet modern medicine doesn’t have the slightest clue on how to solve it.
Our doctors and our government have us trapped in an “endless pain
They prescribe drugs that mask your aches, pains, arthritis
and more – but that’s where it stops.
They last a few short hours – and then you need more.
Dr Knaub reported in a news release, “Physical therapy can give you techniques to lessen your symptoms in the short term, and get you back to being active and mobile.”
Dr Knaub added, “In the intermediate to long term, it can strengthen the core muscles that support the spine, and that could decrease the likelihood of having another episode in the future.”
So what exactly can you do to cut your risk of back pain? Let’s take a look...
Who’s at increased risk for back pain and how can you reduce your risk?
According to Dr Knaub, people who work as heavy machine operators, truck drivers, or in any kind of job that’s subject to vibrations are at highest risk for severe back pain.
He added that people who suffer from mental health
problems such as depression
are also at heightened risk of back pain. “When people have chronic back problems, there is a large psychological component to it. Being depressed causes pain, and being in pain makes you depressed,” Dr Knaub explained.
“If you lack coping mechanisms and don't handle the pain and stress
well, that can feed into your anxiety
,” he added.
If you fall into either of these groups and are wondering how you can cut your risk for back pain in half, Dr Knaub suggests working out regularly with a focus on workouts that strengthen your core muscles. He also suggests maintaining a healthy body weight as well as avoiding smoking. It’s as simple as that!
Do you know of any other coping mechanisms for chronic back pain?