Back pain is by far the most common injury affecting people in the UK today. Thanks to our sedentary lifestyle and the postural problems caused by desk working, nearly everyone has suffered back pain at some point
Damage anything close to the spine and alarm bells should be ringing. But sometimes back pain can emerge gradually or appear one day for no reason whatsoever. Or so we think.
There are two types of back pain. Acute back pain can occur as a result of trauma or the culmination of a prolonged period of damage, through poor posture or other weakness.
If untreated, it can leave you bed bound and in danger of sustaining long-term injury. In other words, it can become chronic.
Chronic back pain is pain you’ve had for a number of weeks. So many people live with back pain for months or even years. No matter how long you’ve suffered, there is always a way to relieve the pain.
While joint injuries can be debilitating, frustrating and often negatively impact your everyday life, back injuries have the potential to ruin it. Your spine is more fragile than you realise.
It could be a tweak at work, or a rep too many at the gym that triggers back pain, so here are the symptoms to look out for after hurting your back.
The majority of serious back injuries occur in the lower back at the base of the spine, resulting as often from poor posture as they do from heavy lifting and accidents. If you’ve sustained a lower back injury, you’ll likely experience a dull pain in the affected area as well as in the buttocks and legs. Pain may heighten after long periods of sitting and upon getting out of bed.
It may not be immediately evident you’ve caused lasting damage to your back. That’s what makes it such a problem. After all, an inconsequential bend to pick up a pen or a tweak when getting out of your office chair could be all it takes.
Those with poor seating and standing posture may find their injury exacerbated, as stretching the back can cause discomfort.
When it comes to back pain, dealing with it sooner rather than later really does make a difference. Jarring back injuries can prove lifelong if not addressed quickly. It goes without saying that living with a back injury will limit your opportunities, hinder your work and stop you enjoying leisure time.
Often people living with chronic back pain will suffer from anxiety and depression as an emotional symptom of their injury. Especially for sports people, living with back injuries can be utterly miserable.
The answer most people turn to when they first develop back pain is to rest rather than seek help. While a period of rest may help ease symptoms, it doesn’t address the underlying causes behind the back pain.
There are a number of steps you should take, including exercises and postural changes you may not know about. Without these, you’re still susceptible to incurring further, lasting injury.
The answer is to seek advice to get to the bottom of your injury to find out not only why you’re in pain, but how you can avoid injury beyond the rehabilitation period?
At The Heeler Centre, we have a number of treatments and therapists who can evaluate your symptoms, provide appropriate treatment and diagnose the potential source of your back pain to help prevent it in the future.