is one of the most common ailments of mankind. Ever since human beings
stood upright they have been having trouble with their backs. In fact,
experts estimate that roughly 80 percent of people will experience back
pain at some point in their lives, and slightly more men suffer from it
- Back strain due to lifting of a heavy object, a fall, a violent jerk
(as in case of a sudden car brake).
- Injury, road accident, fall of a heavy object, fracture of the spine,
dislocation of a vertebral disk.
A vertebra slips forward on the lower one, usually
just above the hip bone.
These disks act as cushions between two vertebral
bones, the reason may be an injury to the spine which is forgotten,
degeneration of the disk due to old age or other reasons.
Wrong Posture is the front runner as a cause of chronic
back pain. (long hours sitting on chairs in the wrong posture, for
example- as you may be sitting watching this screen, watching TV slumped
in the couch).
A whole variety of conditions called as
lumbago, in which sprains in the muscles of the back is held to
Chronic Infection, Pregnancy
Maintaining a proper posture is of utmost importance. As a rule
whenever you get reminded of your back, try and sit with your back
Using Right Furniture:
Using hard beds, firm mattresses, chairs
of proper height in relations to your desk, are very important.
Even mild exercise to tone up the muscles of the back
go a long way in preventing backache. Though people suffering from
slipped discs and fractures should consult a physiotherapist for their
A flexible back will go a long way toward protecting
your back from injury. It's important to remember, however, that stretch
can be a double-edged sword. A lot of people hurt their backs by
stretching improperly. If you already have back problems, you should see
an expert who can recommend stretches that are right for you. Swimming
and yoga are the back exercises because they stretch that are right for
you. Each day try to sit a little less and stand a little more. It
really is that simple. To reduce the load on your back, all you need to
do is take small breaks every once in a while, about one or two minutes.
Sitting in a good chair can go a long way toward easing back woes. Make
sure the chair has a lumbar support. The chair's height should be
alterable, allowing you to find a place where you can sit with your arms
level to your keyboard and your feet flat on the floor.
Ice and heat can provide excellent backache relief, but they can't be
used interchangeably. Ice decreases swelling and inflammation, and
increases blood flow to the injured area. Apply ice wrapped in a towel
as often as you can for at least 30 minutes each time in the immediate
days after injury. After a few days, go for a mix of ice and heat - 30
minutes of ice, then 30 minutes of heat.
Virtually any over-the-counter analgesic can help ease back pain. Best
are the anti-inflammatories, like aspirin or ibuprofen. Don't take
painkillers on your own long term. They may mask the root cause of your
backache plus bring on side effects like acidity.
Backache treatment - When to see your doctor:
- Acute Severe Backache: Backache which has started suddenly & is
severe enough to prevent you from work.
- Backache with associated pain in legs weakness and tingling in the
leg or back.
-persistent upper back ache
If painkillers and other therapies don't make any noticeable difference,
and you're getting worse and the backache is hampering day-to-day
activities, then you have to see a professional.