How to Put an End to Backache
Posted By Rupa Jaiswal
Posted on Nov 30, 2021
Backache: One of the most common conditions, which all of us go through more than once in our lifetime. While many of
us may be experiencing it while reading this, we at most of
the times tend to just ignore it. It does subside, maybe
with application of an ointment or some pain relief cream.
But, what if we could prevent it in the first place? What
if we can completely put an end to it?
Who can get a backache?
Anybody can suffer from a back pain, when the following
risk factors are not addressed on time,
Age: It is one of the most important factors that increases
one's chances of suffering from backache. The older we get,
more common will be the back pain.
Runs in the family: If you have a family history of back pain
or a family member who is suffering from arthritis of the
spine, chance of acquiring backache increases.
Certain diseases: Certain types of arthritis or cancers can
also increase the risk of back pain.
Low physical activity: If one is very less active physical,
any kind of sudden strain can increase the risk of backache.
Being obese or overweight: If overweight, you again stand
a chance of stressing your back, thereby falling prey to
Job calls for it: If one's job involves too much of lifting,
pushing, pulling heavy things thereby making one twist
their spine, resulting into back pain. Also, if one fails to
sit upright while working at a desk for the whole day,
it may also lead to back pain.
Smoking: It deprives the body from getting all the nutrients,
especially our back bone and its discs which ultimately
increase the risk.
What can give rise to back pain?
Though there are numerous causes, which may be linked to
most of the above risk factors, mechanical strain on the back
becomes the ultimate aspect that gives rise to back pain.
These may include tension in the muscles, breakdown or
disc rupture, spasms, etc. Also, certain diseases or conditions
such as arthritis, kidney stones and even pregnancy can give
rise to back pain.
Diagnose it soon
Well, yes most of us may take it lightly that the back pain
could be a normal occurrence. But, a frequent back pain is
something which should not be ignored and require immediate
attention to understand its causes and how to treat it. Diagnosis
of back pain and its causes may differ with a foremost understanding
of the history behind it. If the back pain doesn't subside even after
over-thecounter medications, other tests such X-rays, Magnetic
Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography CT scan and
blood tests are recommended.
Ignorance is not a bliss here!
Yes, while most of us may neglect that back pain, it is always
recommended to treat it before it gets severe and starts affecting
the daily activities. The type of treatment highly depends on the
kind of pain one experiences and also, when the causative factors
are certain diseases. Acute back pain is usually treated with
over-the-counter medications and few home remedies; however,
chronic back pain requires proper medical attention.
These help in soothing a stiff back and any kind of soreness
present in the back. Heat packs help to reduce muscle spasms
and pain, cold packs reduce swelling and helps to numb deep
veins. This treatment is usually ideal for acute back pain, but
does least in case of chronic pain.
Proper exercises and practicing yoga postures may help
one ease a chronic backache. However, they should be
performed only when suggested/prescribed by a doctor
or a physical therapist.
Over-the-counter medications and pain killers are used
to treat acute pains.
Changes in behaviour / Working styles
If your work involves activities which may stress your back,
then practice ways to lift, push, pull with putting
less stress on the back. Take breaks in between and give rest
to your back.
Improve your way of doing activities with less stress on
your back or any part of the body. Practice proper postures
of standing, sitting and lifting heavy objects and these will
surely put an end to backache!