Back pain is the second most common problem that brings people into the doctor’s office. The problem is increasing rapidly. At different stages of our lives, back pain acquires serious dimensions and can be crippling.
Back Pain Causes
Many spinal conditions cause back pain, but muscle sprain can be a
cause too. The most common spinal causes of back pain are: changes in various parts of the spine with ageing, poor posture, obesity, sprains and strains that occur in activities of daily living.
Back Pain Treatment
Bed rest for a few days.
If you have a sprained or strained back-not a serious injury-use ice first. After 48 hours, switch to heat to warm and relax sore tissues.
Over the counter medications like aspirin or paracetamol can provide relief. No other medication should be taken without the doctor’s advice.
Back pain Prevention
Maintain a good posture during sitting, walking, working and sleeping.
When should one see a doctor?
If pain persists beyond a few days.
If pain very severe and interferes with activities of daily life.
If pain is accompanied by numbness, weakness in the legs or any difficulty in passing urine/stool.