Back pain is an ubiquitous complaint worldwide and a major cause of disability among adults globally. It can be caused by a variety of reasons like poor posture, overuse, muscle strain, accidents, joint injury and mechanical conditions like spinal stenosis and disc herniation. There are several treatments for back pain available for both long and short term use depending on the underlying cause. However, most back pain solutions fail to address the root cause of the problem. As a result, back pain persists even when medication has been provided or the patient continues to do what he or she does to prevent back pain.
The root causes of back pain vary from person to person and what works for one person may not work for another. Thus it is important to have a thorough understanding of back pain in order to be able to treat it effectively. In addition, prevention is always better than cure and it is advisable to avoid all things that may lead to or aggravate back pain. If possible, patients should avoid activities like lifting heavy objects as this puts tremendous stress on the backs as well as the discs, especially when lifting objects overhead.
Patients suffering from back pain should not lift heavy objects as lifting can result in strained nerves, muscles and joints that increase the risk of developing low back pain. Patients should also avoid using medicine bags or bottles which contain cold drinks near their heads as cold drinks can increase the compression of the soft tissues which can strain the nerves further and worsen the back pain. While taking medication, patients should make sure they consult with their physician regarding the side effects of the medicine they are taking in order to avoid exposing themselves to further risks of developing low back pain.