If you experience low back pain, you are not alone. Around 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lives. It is a leading contributor to missed worked days and job-related injuries. Low back pain can range in intensity from dull, constant ache to a sudden sharp sensation.
There is often a lot of misinformation that patients are exposed to prior to treatment. Here are 10 tips to help you better understand Low Back Pain:
- You can have co existing causes of pain: for example, a disc injury that then impacts a nerve root.
- Most low back pain is acute, or short term, and lasts a few days to a few weeks.
- There are only 3 structures that can get sore in the lower back: the joints, discs, or nerve roots.
- The term ‘sciatica’ is not a diagnosis in itself. It is an umbrella term that refers to any pain referred down the leg from the lower back.
- Tight muscles in the hips (gluts, hip flexors, quadriceps) place extra pressure on your lower back.
- A stiff thoracic spine (bit that is above the lumbar spine) will put more load on the lower back.
- Wearing high heels puts more stress on the lower back as the pelvis tilts downward and in doing so ‘jams up’ the lower back.
- Your back is meant to bend. Many people avoid bending their lower back after their pain is settled for fear of a return of pain.
- Your discs take on extra fluid of a night. This process is called ‘imbibition’ and it is needed to keep the disc healthy.
- Men and Women are equally affected by low back pain
If you are experiencing low back pain, talk to your doctor about the different treatment options available!