Preventing back pain

While chronic low back pain is a common problem and may be caused by different factors, there are some steps you can take now to manage the symptoms coming from your back.

Posture, posture, posture

Poor sitting posture is one of the most common causes of low back pain and can cause pressure on the joints, muscles and discs. Ask your physiotherapist to show you how to sit with correct posture and try to maintain that posture. It is also important to set up your workspace properly.

Move along

Moderate and appropriate exercise is proven to be beneficial for most low back pain. Exercise helps to keep your core muscles strong and provides increased circulation to your joints and discs. Ask your physiotherapist for the exercises best suited to your condition.

Easy on the heavy stuff

Frequent heavy lifting may cause low back pain. If you have to do heavy lifting, ask for help and bend from your knees rather than your back.

Repetitive bending

Frequent forward bending may also cause back pain. Bending forward often causes increased pressure on the discs in the back and can lead to muscle aches and pains. Low back exercises that focus on backward bending may help to offset the repetitive forward bending. Your physiotherapist can prescribe the best exercises for you.

When to seek professional help

Most low back pain is temporary and can be managed quite effectively with exercise and postural correction. Some conditions are serious, though, and may require surgery. If you have acute pain or have been suffering from pain for more than a week or two, see your physiotherapist.

Source: SportsCare and Physiotherapy

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