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Back Pain – what should you know?

561ca353d211c0236481f6f2Low back pain is the biggest cause of disability in the world. Experts say roughly four out of five people will have a back problem in their lifetime.

Understanding the back…

This area is a complex structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles that if injured can lead to back pain.

 

Upper back pain:

Pain or discomfort in shoulder blades or around the rib cages. Occurs mostly from muscle irritation, joint back pain, injury or infection.

Middle back pain:

Described as pain along the middle of the spine, around the thoracic area. Can be caused by sports injuries, poor posture, arthritis disease, muscle strain or trauma.

 

Lower back pain: The most common type of back pain. Pain occurs in the lowest part of the spine, the lumbar region.

 

Tips to prevent Back Pain:

  • Keep a healthy diet and weight, and exercise regularly.
  • Avoid inactivity or bed rest. Resting in bed for 1-2 days can aggravate the pain.
  • Make sure to warm up and stretch before physical activity.
  • Maintain proper posture.
  • Wear comfortable, low-heel shoes.
  • Sleep on a medium-to-firm mattress to avoid curving the spine.
  • When lifting heavy objects, lift with your knees.
  • Use ergonomic chairs, desks, and other equipment at work or in your home office.

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