• Cathrine Dinnie

Lower back pain: part 2

Updated: Nov 25, 2019

If you experience lower back pain, consider these possible causes. By identifying the cause or what we were doing when the pain started, we can work on prevention!

Major causes of lower back pain can include: Being overweight Having a sedentary lifestyle Lifting heavy items Stomach issues Muscle Strain and Ligament Sprain Lumbar herniated disc Degenerative disc disease Facet joint dysfunction. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction Spinal stenosis Spondylolisthesis Osteoarthritis Deformity ​Trauma Compression fracture

What can help lower back pain?

Morning pain If your back pain is intense when you wake up, consider using a heat pack before you get out of bed. The heat warms the muscles and eases morning stiffness by increasing blood flow to the area.

Get regular massages Massage promotes circulation, reduces stress and relaxes muscles. If you cannot lie on a massage table, consider using a massage chair instead.

Change your sleep position Try different sleep positions. Sleeping in a reclined position can help reduce stress on your lower back.

Take a long, hot bath Soothe away aches and pains in a hot bath. Add some epsom salts and use a water proof cushion to support your back.

Go for a swim

Water allows us to exercise with less pain. If you prefer warmer pools, look into water exercise classes and hydrotherapy pools.

Anti-inflammatory drugs

Anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can help ease the pain. Consult your doctor for advice.

Ice and heat

Use an ice pack for the first 48 hours after the pain sets in 10 minutes a session, several times per day. After that, switch to 20-minute intervals with a heat pack.

Supportive shoes

Some back trouble starts from the feet. Consult a Podiatrist about correcting the problem with orthotics.

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