Our spines are literally the backbone of our foundation, supporting the weight and structure of our bodies and allowing us to accomplish amazing things every day. However, despite the strength and support our spines offer, they are also intricate and delicate and must be taken care of to function properly. Just one wrong twist or turn can leave you debilitated, paralyzed with pain as your spine seizes up. Sadly, this is a common occurrence, as there are millions of people who suffer from back pain on a global scale.
Among all musculoskeletal disorders, lower back pain is the most prevalent condition, with 568 million people who suffer from it worldwide. Furthermore, musculoskeletal disorders are the leading contributor to disability worldwide, with lower back pain being the single leading cause of disability in 160 countries.
Musculoskeletal disorders significantly limit mobility and dexterity, which in turn can lead to lower levels of well-being, early retirement from work, and ultimately, reduced ability to participate in society. In fact, back pain is one of the most common reasons for missed work with half of all working Americans admitting to having back pain symptoms each year.
Alarmingly, these staggering statistics are rapidly rising, as population and aging continue to increase. This also means that the disabilities associated with these musculoskeletal conditions are increasing and are projected to further increase over the next decades. Now more than ever, it is important to talk about back pain, how it affects your quality of life, and what you can do to take your quality of life back from back pain.
What is Back Pain, and What Are Some Upper and Lower Back Pain Causes?
Back pain is generally described as discomfort or sometimes debilitating suffering that can be associated with an injury or just straining on the spine from everyday life. While lower back pain is the most common form of back pain, back pain can be felt anywhere along the spine from the neck down to the hips.
While some rare and obvious causes of back pain could be a serious spinal cord injury or a medical condition directly related to the spine, it is often not possible to identify the specific cause of back pain. Doctors describe general back pain without an obvious cause as “non-specific back pain.” Frustratingly enough, oftentimes, back pain happens for no apparent reason. However, some factors that can affect back pain include physical posture, how you are utilizing your back, age, and weight.
How Does Back Pain Affect Everyday Life?
Back pain has a serious impact on your overall quality of life because it has a direct impact on one of the freedoms that people value most—mobility. Serious back injuries have the power to strip someone of their mobility altogether, but even general, less severe back pain can significantly limit mobility, twisting it into a difficult and painful process. Back pain can make even simple, everyday tasks like walking, sitting, or traveling up and down the stairs an excruciating experience.
What Can You Do to Relieve Back Pain? Lower Back Pain Stretches, Back Pain Medication, and More...
There are many things you can do to relieve back pain, depending on the severity and your specific circumstances. However, if you have suffered a serious back injury or think you may have some kind of spinal medical condition, it is absolutely necessary to see a healthcare professional. They are the ones that can best treat you based on your personal circumstances and provide you with the proper back pain medication, surgical operations, or rehabilitation.
For people with general back pain that can’t be tied to a single cause or isn’t so severe, some things you can do to relieve your back pain include doing regular, general exercise that is easy on the back such as swimming or yoga, as well as specific upper and lower back pain stretches; taking anti-inflammatory pain killers such as ibuprofen; and placing hot or cold compression packs on the spot that aches. However, if the pain persists for long periods of time and is having a damaging impact on the overall quality of your life, it is always best to see a doctor.
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How Acorn’s Stair Lifts Help Take the Stress off of Straining Spines
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