One of the most common causes of lower back pain is straining. This kind of pain is not just limited to a certain age group but can happen anyone at any age.
In lots of cases, upper and middle back pain is caused by overuse, muscle strain, or an injury to a muscle, ligaments and the discs in your back. Did you know that a bone in your back can be broken from only an injury or simply turning or moving the wrong way?
LIFTING THE RIGHT WAY TO AVOID BACK INJURY
Many people believe they know how to lift properly and safely. They
are then in disbelief when they injure their back during a “simple”
lift. After getting a back injury from lifting, many people will
comment, “but I even bent my knees!” Therefore, there must be more to
safe lifting than just bending the knees.
COMMON CAUSES OF STRAIN
Lifting a heavy object, or twisting the spine while lifting, Sudden movements that place too much stress on the low back, such as a fall, Poor posture over time, Sports injuries, especially in sports that involve twisting or large forces of impact.
A one-time injury that damages a muscle, tendon, or ligament is considered an acute muscle strain.
These injuries usually occur after a sudden, jarring impact or during activities that include heavy lifting or excess pressure on the spine.
Chronic strains, on the other hand, are caused by repetitive movements that gradually overstretch or tear the muscle.
Chronic muscle strain is more common in athletes or people with physically challenging occupations.
Stressful, repeated motions can cause muscles to tighten or tear.
Sports such as rowing, playing golf or even baseball can cause strain due to repeated, forceful movement.
Chronic strain may grow worse over time and pain can also get much worse if the muscles or muscle is already sore and then absorbs much more stress.
When low back and core abdominal muscles are weak, the lower back is more prone to injury.
Slouching forward in a chair adds much strain on the lower back muscles and on the spine. Also, tight hamstring muscles place strain on the back as well.
Lifting from the ground, or overhead are common causes of lower back problems.
Safe lifting methods include such as keeping the item you are lifting close to your chest and avoiding any twisting motion of the upper body while you’re lifting.
Starting a new sport or activity may lead to a muscle strain by putting sudden, unfamiliar stress on a muscle or group of muscles.
SYMTOMS OF PULLED MUSCLES
Strained muscles usually feel sore, tight, or achy. Pain that feels hot or tingling is likely caused an irritated nerve.
Low back pain worsens with movements of certain kinds that bother the affected muscles. An example of this would be a flare-up of pain when sitting down or getting up from a seated position.
There can also be pain when bending forward or when you get up from a laying down position.
Typical movements may be limited when a low back muscle is strained, making it difficult to bend, shift position, or walk for extended periods of time.
A strained muscle can become inflamed and feel very tender to the touch. Muscle spasms and cramps that can produce excruciating pain and very limited movement and the affected area may also be swollen.
WHAT CAN BE DONE TO EASE BACK PAIN
The use of heating pads increase circulation, which improves healing and relieves tension on the strain muscles.
Heat therapy is usually recommended starting about 48 hours after an injury. Apply a towel between the heating pad and the back to prevent getting burned.
Applying heat before starting an activity can reduce pain related to the body movement. Applying the heating pad for a few minutes can help tremendously before getting out of bed and will alleviate some stiffness.
A simple massage will increase circulation and relax muscles, the massage will improve the range of motion and help decrease pain.
Walking can work wonders to reduce pain and being active is important to keep your spine healthy. Walk as little as five minutes a day can relieve lower back pain and the associated stiffness and discomfort.
Avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting. This can intensify the pain and actually worsen the condition.
In addition to heating pads you could also apply ice packs to the affected area. Please limit the application of ice packs to no more than twenty minutes at a time, up to 10 times in a twenty-four-hour period.
MEDICATIONS FOR BACK PAIN
If ever there is doubt about what would be best to take the smart move would be to see you doctor.