1. What is backache?
Backache is one of the most common ailments among people. It is characterized by the following signs and symptoms:
Persistent aching, pain or stiffness that occurs anywhere along your spine, from the base of the neck to the hips.
Sharp, localised pain in the neck, upper back, or lower back, especially after lifting heavy objects or other strenuous activity.
Chronic ache in the middle or lower back, especially after sitting or standing for extended period of time.
Occasional visible curvature of the spine, but usually there are no apparent external symptoms.
2. What are the common Causes of backache?
• Bad Sitting Posture Small fractures to the spine from osteoporosis
• Muscle spasm (very tense muscles that remain contracted)
• Ruptured or herniated disk
• Degeneration of the disks
• Poor alignment of the vertebrae
• Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal)
• Strain or tears to the muscles or ligaments supporting the back
• Spine curvatures (like scoliosis or kyphosis) which may be inherited and seen in children or teens
• Other medical conditions like fibromyalgia
3. How Backache Can Be Prevented?
A common misconception about back pain is that you need to rest and avoid activity for a long time. In fact, bed rest is not recommended.
Follow the right steps:
• The most important factor in prevention of backache is To Correct Your Posture at all times.
Rule out any serious indication for backache.
• Reduce physical activity for a few days.
• Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Try ice for the first 48-78 hrs, then use heat after that.
• Do not perform activities that involve heavy lifting or twisting of your back for the first 6 weeks after the pain begins.
• After 2 – 3 weeks, you should gradually resume exercise.
• Begin with light cardiovascular training. Walking, riding a stationary bicycle, and swimming are great examples. Such aerobic activities can help blood flow to your back and promote healing. They also strenghthen the muscles in stomach & back .
• Learn to lift and bend properly.
Other measures to take to prevent back pain include:
• Avoid standing for long periods of time. If you must for your work, try using a stool. Alternate resting each foot on it.
• DO NOT wear high heels. Use cushioned soles when walking.
• When sitting for work, especially if using a computer, make sure that your chair has a straight back with adjustable seat and back, armrests, and a swivel seat.
• Use a stool under your feet while sitting so that your knees are higher than your hips. Place a small pillow or rolled towel behind your lower back while sitting or driving for long periods of time.
• If you drive long distance, stop and walk around every hour. Bring your seat as far forward as possible to avoid bending. Don't lift heavy objects just after a ride.
• Quit smoking.
• Lose weight.
• Learn to relax. Try methods like yoga, tai chi, or massage.
If pain still persists, do consult a doctor.
5. What is the treatment of Backache?
There are various lines of treatments for backache. Any particular method of treatment depends on the kind of backache.
Immediately consult your doctor for timely care and treatment.
For better management of backache use AMRON backrest while you sit anywhere. Use AMRON Biker’s during two wheeler riding.
6. What if left untreated?
An unhealthy back may prove to be disastrous for a running life.Following preventive measures in daily life is more important than treating backache.An unhealthy back not only causes suffering but may make you dependent.Chronic backache can make you bedridden anytime.