Thursday, June 4, 2009

Low Back Pain: Almost a Universal Problem

Low back pain is almost a universal problem which usually disappears after a few days.  The causes of nonspecific back pain are basically unknown but it is agreed that you are more likely to suffer from it as you get older.

Weak back and abdomen muscles combined with a lack of exercise contribute to the aches and pains. But so does depression and stress.  According to the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter (May, 2009), "...depression, money problems, and high-stress jobs are risk factors for back pain, along with being laid off and such crises as divorce or illness in the family."

What you can do:
1. Try ice or heat or both.
2. Try over-the counter pain relievers.
3. Bed rest for only 1-2 days.  Then resume walking and other activities.
4. Stay on your side with a pillow between your knees when lying down.
5. Exercise regularly.
6. Try movement therapies and a professional massage.

Call your doctor if you think you have injured your back.  For more information, see  

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