AN OVERVIEW OF LOW BACK PAIN
Low back pain has been a major cause of occupational-related disability. This is according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). No less than 80% of Americans will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.
Low back pain is mostly caused by injuries such as muscle strains or sprains. These strains and sprains are due to poor body mechanics or sudden movements while carrying heavy objects.
Some diseases may contribute to low back pain. These include:
- Spinal cancer
- Herniated or ruptured disc
- Kidney infection
- Spinal infections
Acute back pain can last a few days to some weeks. On the other hand, chronic back pain lasts more than three months.
Low back pain occurs frequently in individuals between 30-50 years of age. This is due to the many changes that take in the body as it ages. As you get older, the fluid in your spinal vertebrae will reduce.
This means that there will be frequent irritation of the discs in your spine and loss of muscle tone, thus making your back more prone to injury. This explains why good body mechanics helps to prevent low back pain.
WHAT’S THE TREATMENT FOR LOW BACK PAIN?
Treatment for low back pain include:
- Physical therapy
- Medical appliances
Medications that may be prescribed by physical therapists at Parsippany Physical Therapy in Parsippany, NJ include:
- Corticosteroid injections
- Steroids to reduce inflammation
- Codeine and other narcotics for pain relief
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs
- Muscle relaxants
PHYSICAL THERAPY IS ALSO A FORM OF TREATMENT FOR LOW BACK PAIN
Physical therapists at Parsippany Physical Therapy in Parsippany, NJ can help you with low back pain treatment. They can prescribe physical therapy such as:
- Spinal and back manipulation
- Strengthening exercises
PREVENTING LOW BACK PAIN
There are quite a lot of ways to prevent low back pain. Physical therapists in Parsippany, NJ can assist you with several prevention techniques to reduce the severity of your symptoms if you’ve got low back pain.
Some important prevention tips include:
- Losing weight for those that are obese or overweight
- Exercising your abdominal and back muscles
- Maintaining the right posture
- Taking the right posture when lifting objects. You can do this by bending your knees and lifting the object with the legs.