Lower Back Pain
One of the most common cases we get at our clinic is lower back pain. The pain in your lower back can cause difficulty performing daily activities due to decreased movement and difficulty standing straight. Lower back pain occurs when you have injured your muscles, ligaments, joints, or discs in your lower back. The body initiates a healing response in the form of inflammation and this can cause severe pain. Due to the many causes of lower back pain, it is very difficult to diagnose the precise reason of lower back pain by yourself. It always best to have it examined by a doctor and treated by a physical therapist or a chiropractor.
Almost everyone gets lower back pain at some point in their lives. The pain does not usually not appear overnight, despite what it may seem like, but rather it has been developing for a while. This may be due to the straining activities you are performing, such as:
- Heavy lifting
- Lifting things the wrong way (yes, you can be doing simple tasks incorrectly)
- Poor posture
- Sudden movements that place too much stress on the lower back
Lower back pain symptoms include, but are not limited to:
- Dull aching pain
- Pain that gets worse with prolong sitting
- Pain that travels to the buttocks, legs and feet
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle tightness
How to manage lower back pain:
- Get sufficient rest. Do not engage in any strenuous activities.
- Modify your daily activities in a way that do not aggravate your condition. For example, if you sit around for a long period of time, make a habit to get up every 20 mins or so and walk around.
- Use heat/ice therapy to reduce pain in the affected areas.
- Take warm baths or applying a heat pack over your lower back will help increase blood flow to the affected area and relax your muscles.
- If your condition is due to muscle inflammation, ice therapy will help reduce swelling. Be sure to wrap the ice pack around a cloth before putting it against your body!
- Stretches!! Performing lower back stretches is the best way you can reduce your pain, help relieve your muscle spasms, and increase your range of motion at the same time! It is best to see a physical therapist or a chiropractor before engaging in stretches. They are the best judges to determine which stretches you should be performing and show you the proper technique so you do not injure yourself.
If the pain is not reducing, it is time to see a professional! It is highly recommended you visit a physiotherapist or a chiropractor and seek professional treatment.
You can always come visit us at Alpha!