Hello everyone, today is going to be a post about lower back pain.  Essentially this is one of the more "popular" places where people get pain and have issues as they get older because of not using proper posture, lifting, age, etc. Not saying that youngsters do not get lower back pain but it is possible, but normally I see it with middle aged adults and older.  One thing they all have in common is they take more medication in a day than I do within a month just to get the pain to cease and with that means immunity sometimes to pain medication because it starts to wear off or not work as it did before so then you have to worry about starting new pain medicines and so on just to get by because otherwise you don't want to stand, bend over, or do much else that requires using using the back muscles.  Lower back pain can occur for multiple reasons and people have different ways of handling the pain, today I want to talk about lower back pain on the surface and just hit a few important things so that we can prevent this from happening, be aware of some of the causes and how to manage the pain.  I will assume that some of my readers have had the struggles of lower back pain or are beginning to get back aches every now and then, if that is you, feel free to share how to manage it and if you know how it started, share that as well. I love learning about each of you and love when all of you give your feedback. Also, if you are a medical doctor someone in the expertise of lower back pains, etc.. feel free to also share your input as I am sure some readers would appreciate it! The information that I know about lower back pain is from what I have learned when in school because obviously I realize I will have clients who may or may not have ailments that hinder them from certain exercises and intensity levels and so I have to be able to work around those things and find ways to still get them where they want to be regardless of their condition. 

 

Lower back pain causes:

 

  • The bones, ligaments or joints may be damaged
  • A intervertebral disc may be degenerating 
  • lower back muscles may be strained
  • The nerves may be irritated
  • bones, ligaments or joints may be damaged
  • herniated disc
  • intervertebral disc degenerating
  • Other chronic conditions
  • Your job
  • Carrying a bag that puts too much strain on your back
  • bad posture
  • The type of workout and/or sport you play
  • Sciatica 
Who is at risk of lower back pain?
  • Being overweight
  • Inactive lifestyle
  • Jobs that require heavy lifting
  • Students who wear bookbags and put too much weight on the back
Treatment
  • Heating pad or warm baths
  • Be active, some may not feel the need to want to leave the bed but it is said that staying in bed for more than a couple of days can make the pain worse
  • Taking yoga has said to help many people
  • Going to a chiropractor 
  • Going to a massage appointment
  • Acupuncture could possibly help
  • Medications (over the counter or prescribed by the doctor)
  • Injections 
  • Some may need to have surgery
  • Physical therapy
  • Strengthening the back in the process
  • low impact aerobic exercise 
What can we do to prevent lower back pain?
  • Stay at a healthy weight 
  • Exercise regularly and make sure you are using proper form and technique when lifting
  • lift with your legs, not your back (when it comes to having to lift heavy things at work, etc)
  • Make sure the pain isn't caused by your work station, if so, you may need a change or make some changes so that you are more comfortable if possible.
Symptoms you may have with lower back pain:
  • Difficulty moving or standing 
  • Pain that moves around to the groin, butt, upper thigh
  • Pain that is achy and dull
  • Muscle spasms (which can be severe)
  • Local soreness upon touch
  • pain is typically ongoing
  • pain that is worse after long periods of standing still or sitting
  • Burning pain or tingling pain 
  • Weakness or numbness can occur
Your fitness blogger,
 
Shay-lon xoxo