Why You Have Back Pain—and What to Do About It
Millions of Americans suffer from back pain, either for a short time or chronically. In fact, 80 percent of the population will experience lower back pain at some point during their lives, according to the Mayo Clinic.
If you have back pain, it may help to know you’re not alone—but that doesn’t help the pain go away. To determine the best way to relieve your back pain, it’s helpful to figure out what’s causing your pain.
Common Causes of Back Pain
If your back pain is acute, meaning it comes on suddenly and lasts no more than six weeks, it could be caused by a fall, muscle or ligament strain, poor posture, or by lifting something heavy. If your pain is chronic—meaning it lasts more than three months—there are several potential causes, such as a fracture, arthritis, osteoporosis, a curved spine, or bulging or ruptured disks.
As you age, particularly if you are older than 30 or 40, you’re more likely to develop back pain. Other risk factors include a lack of exercise, extra body weight, smoking, lifting items improperly (using your back instead of your legs). If you suffer from depression or anxiety, you may also be more likely to develop back pain.
How to Manage Your Back Pain
In most cases, recovering from back pain requires patience. Lie flat on your back as much as possible to rest strained or injured muscles, and use a heating pad if possible. Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen to relieve the pain. And if possible, get regular physical exercise that avoids using the injured muscle or joint.
Back pain usually goes away on its own within two to four weeks, according to the Mayo Clinic. To keep it from recurring, exercise regularly to increase strength and endurance in your back. Also, maintain a healthy weight, use good posture, take frequent standing breaks when sitting, and use your legs rather than your back when lifting something heavy.
If your back pain doesn’t seem to be getting better on its own within a few weeks, you may want to see a doctor. If the pain spreads down your leg or causes numbness or tingling in your legs, you should contact a doctor to see if the pain is a symptom of another medical problem. Similarly, if the pain is severe and doesn’t get better with rest, is accompanied by a fever, or causes problems with using the restroom, consult a medical professional.
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