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Friday, September 12, 2008

What can you do about - Backache

Backache
For today lets look at backache. Backache is pain in the back occurring commonly at the neck or lower back.

Backache can be caused by

* Poor posture
* prolonged sitting, standing or bending
* lifting heavy loads incorrectly
* vigorous jerking or twisting of the trunk ( e.g during a slip or fall)
* pregnancy or mensuration

What you can do to -

1. Don't worry, most backaches due to back strain go away on their own within a few days

2. Apply a hot compress on the aching area for about 30 minutes once or twice a day

3. Gently message the aching area

4. Take painkillers such as paracetamol if necessary

5. Avoid activities that are likely to strain your back, e.g bending over

Ways to prevent backache

* Keep your trunk upright when walking or sitting
- when standing for long period, alternately rest your body
weight on one leg

place a cushion in the hollow of your back

- When sitting, place a cushion in the hollow of your back

* Sleeping on a firm mattress and avoid sleeping face down

* doing stretching exercises if you have to stand or sit for long
periods

* Bending with your hips and knees, not with your back when you
want to lift heavy loads: hold the loads close to your body as
you straighten your knee to raise the load

* Exercise regularly

* Doing warm - ups before exercise

When to see your doctor

See your family doctor when you have :

1. pain that does not go away with rest and with usual
pain relieving medicine such as paracetamol.

2. Pain associated with urinary symptoms.


When is it an Emergency?

Go to the Emergency Department when

* The pain comes after a fall or blow to the spine

* The pain is severe ans associated with muscle weakness, muscle
spasms or difficulty in controlling bladder and bowel movements

* You have severe pain that travels down the back of your leg

* You have pain that worsens in spite of treatment by your family
doctor

* You have low back pain associated with bloody urine

* The back pain is associated with other pains, such as abdominal
pain

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4 Comments:

Blogger wblmom said...

Very good information that people need to know, thanks for sharing this.

September 13, 2008 at 1:22 AM  
Blogger Lilly's Life said...

Thanks that was very interesting and full of good information.

September 15, 2008 at 12:33 PM  
Blogger The Healthy Mom said...

Thank you for sharing this information. I get back aches all the time. I think I'm lifting my children the wrong way. Sometimes I have one baby on each hip and I'm sure that can't be good for my back.

September 18, 2008 at 7:52 PM  
Anonymous Rose said...

Thanks for some good info.....I also find that sleeping on my back is a problem, due to a "kink" in my lower back.

January 8, 2009 at 6:26 PM  

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