Back pain can be one of the most irritating things around. Regardless of whether you’re sitting or standing for the majority of your day, a pain in your back can seriously hinder getting your job done efficiently and effectively. There are many things that can cause back pain, including injuries, the way your spine sits, herniated disks, degenerative disks, spine changes and a variety of medical conditions including Osteoporosis.
Therefore, it’s important to take care of your back. Proper posture (especially if you’re sitting during the work day) is essential. In addition, it’s a good idea to stretch out your back every day. As with any sort of exercise or flexibility training, it’s always a good idea to contact your doctor and make sure the stretches are okay for you to perform each day. In just fifteen minutes each day, you can perform some simple exercises that will help strengthen your back and your back muscles. The Mayo Clinic has an excellent slideshow of back exercises you can perform that will help your day get off to a perfect start. In addition, if you’ve been at work all day and are weary of sitting, you can perform a lower back stretch in the comfort of your chair to help ease lumbar pain.
In particular, there has also been a link between sciatica and lower back pain. Sciatica is often caused by the compression of either lumbar nerves or sacral nerves – sometimes even the compression of the sciatic nerve. Spinal disk buldges, herniations and degenerative disks have been linked to this problem. This results in pain from the lower back to leg and foot pain. Typically with sciatica, numbness or a tingling feeling in the leg occurs as well. This is not a fun scenario to go through, and should be avoided if at all possible. Proper posture and fifteen minutes of back stretches may be a way to prevent back problems and the side effects associated with them.
While staying healthy is important and preventative measures can be taken, back pain can still occur in many individuals. Chronic lower back pain affects nearly 31 Million Americans and is the most common cause of disability for people less than 45 years old. Therefore, it’s imperative that you take the most care of your back daily. If you or someone you know suffers from chronic pain or lower back pain, we are here to help. Our trained staff of doctors and rehabilitation experts are no strangers to chronic back pain and can help make your life easier. Sometimes, it’s just as simple as healthy living, stretching and proper exercise. So take care of yourself and start each day off with proper stretches. If you’re at work and you start to experience back pain, stretch it out. Be sure to stretch on your breaks and get up and walk around regularly. If your symptoms persist or you find yourself experiencing chronic pain, then contact your physician immediately.
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