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October 2, 2010 at 4:00 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Backpain in the States: Causes and Remedies

By Helen More Blogs by This Author

Back pain issues may arise due to accidents, sprains, strains, obesity, sudden twists and turns, or using muscles incorrectly. Back pain can also be caused by illnesses, disorders and diseases such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and other diseases that affect the muscles and bone structure. Whatever the reason, approximately 80 percent of adults will experience back pain sometime in their life. No one enjoys being laid up with nagging or chronic back pain that often is hard to interpret or diagnose. And while some back pain is hereditary, or caused by unavoidable disease or accident, some back pain is brought on by personal neglect.

Taking Care of Your Back

Learning how to take care of your back should be a lifetime commitment. A child with correct posture will become an adult with correct posture, so it's imperative that parents set good examples by taking care of their own bodies, and also by correcting bad posture habits in their children. Keeping the body aligned from the beginning can help prevent many back injuries from occurring in the future. The U.S.'s fast food smorgasbord goes hand in hand with poor posture. Obesity contributes a great deal to our back pain issues. Poor posture, obesity and weak abdominal muscles all add up to two things: big bellies and back pain. When the abdominal muscles are weak, back muscles and joints can be overtaxed and the result can be chronic back pain. The number of Americans who suffer from low back pain is increasing at an alarming rate and the research is in. It's time for the big belly syndrome to accept responsibility for at least some of the problem. According to Janet Freburger, PhD with the University of North Carolina, Low back pain is the second most common cause of disability in the United States and a common reason for lost work days.

What Works, What Does Not

When it comes to back pain, not everyone responds the same to either a medical approach or an alternative procedure. But advice that everyone can take to heart includes keeping a handle on your own pain threshold. Know your limits when exercising or working, and never over do it. A good philosophy to follow is to work up to the pain, but not through the pain. If you are doing something that causes back pain, stop whatever it is. Don't try to push through the pain or you may worsen an already existing injury. While back pain issues can lead to surgery, it's important to understand that there are usually plenty of other alternatives to explore before making that decision. Physical therapy is a good place to begin. Sometimes all you need is a physical therapist to manipulate the soft tissues of your back and explain the mechanics of how back muscles work and why to put you on the road to recovery. Other times manipulation of the joints by a skilled chiropractor might be in order. Additional methods that may work include acupuncture and massage. In all instances, however, the patient should be practicing good posture techniques at all times and following the therapist's expert advice for home exercise.


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