Having low back pain means having the range of activities available to you limited. You have difficulty bending, standing for a long time or even walking if there is something wrong with your low back. However, finding out what part of your body is ailing can be a challenge, as there are a number of candidates which can be to blame if low back pain prevents you from moving freely.
LordosisThe leading cause of low back pain is poor posture. Most of us hunch over laptops instead of sitting properly: it seems to be inconvenient to keep our back straight, and our curves change. One of the main reasons why failing to maintain good posture is the way to low back pain is that it leads to pathological lordosis. Lordosis is a slight forward curve in low back, which is normal, but if it is curved too much, it is called pathological. Besides, the curve can change its shape not only in this direction: if your posture is poor, the lordosis can straighten out, thus losing its normal forward curve. Both conditions result in increased pressure on discs and pain, because these discs are displaced if you sit improperly all day long. To avoid such an issue, you must always mind your sitting posture!
Forward bending and heavy liftingIf your routine activities require you to bend a lot (say, if you are a gardener), then your low back is likely to suffer. The solution is the same as with sitting: you can learn how to bend properly (e.g. bend at the knees) to avoid too much pressure on the spine and disc damage. Lifting weight properly is even more important, because lifting something heavy with your spine bent is definitely a terrible idea: the pressure on your discs and muscle will be immense, and sciatica and spinal disc herniation are likely to follow. When lifting heavy things, keep your spine as straight as possible: it is your knees that must help you bend without curving your spine and putting your discs under threat!
Degenerative conditionsSome of them are congenital, others are not. The latter are stenosis, degenerative disc disease and some other conditions related to aging or failing to use your spine properly. One of the most common congenital issues is scoliosis. All these problems can be handled if you maintain a good level of activity. Actually, you may be surprised to be advised by your doctor to try exercising instead of gels and pills, but it is a new modern approach which provides the best results: researches show that physical activity is the best way to prevent and even treat many lumbar and spinal conditions. Yoga is said to be especially good at reversing scoliosis and eliminating low back pain: according to a recent research, yoga can even help relieve chronic low back pain in seniors. Degenerative diseases resulting in low back pain can also be caused by specific kinds of pressure. For instance, such pain is common in runners. It has been revealed that runners can prevent low back pain if they strengthen their core muscles, so physical activity seems to be one of the key means of keeping your spine healthy! There may be other causes of such pain, such as trauma, but they are usually obvious, as they follow a car accident or some other event which leads to health problems. It is the above mentioned conditions that are difficult to diagnose and differentiate, so consulting your GP or orthopedist is a must if your low back pain does not go away after a couple of weeks of exercising, maintaining good posture and avoiding risk factors, because there may be something sinister behind it. Do not neglect your spine – it serves you faithfully and loyally!
Diagnosis And Management Of Low-Back Pain In Primary Care – Cmaj.ca
Study: Yoga Helps Back Pain Among Veterans – Research.va.gov
Biomechanical Consequences Of Running With Deep Core Muscle Weakness – Jbiomech.com