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Back Pain Rid
Strengthen your core:
By strengthening your core muscles your back muscles do less work.
If you also have any pain starting in your back and radiating to other parts of your body seek medical attention as you might have a slipped disk or other serious problem. ...Read more
See below: It is probably not possible to completely prevent back pain but here are some tips. Keep yourself physically fit and have a regular exercise program. Eat a healthy diet, avoid junk food. Do not smoke. Move regularly even if you have a sitting job. Learn safe lifting techniques. If you get back pain, don't panic. ...Read more
By limiting sitting: Sitting generates a 4 times body load across your lower back. That load is further enhanced by being static in one position. Sitting in a higher chair like a bar stool will decrease the load. Having a chair with a higher back and arm supports also will help. Placing a rolled towel in the small of your back between the chair back can help. By getting up after 15 to 30 minutes can help ...Read more
Correct posture: The seated position actually places up to 6x more strain to the low back than standing. When seated, you can promote better posture by sitting at the edge of the seat, preferably with the knees lower than the hips. I also encourage patients to use a lumbar (low back) pillow to sit as if you were"pooching out" your stomach and sticking your chest out. Also, see my "back pain/strain" health guide. ...Read more
Be aware: Be aware of proper body mechanics by using your legs as your power source and keeping the load close to your body while avoiding any type of twisting or rotation as you lift. Know your limits especially with large, bulky objects or heavy ones. ...Read more
See you physician: No one should have to live with pain. If you have pain on a daily basis that you rate as greater than 5 on a scale of 0-10, you should seek treatment from a medical professional. That being said, I can not tell anything about the cause of your pain and what to do to get rid of it without seeing you. I recommend you find a good pain management physician in your are for help. ...Read more
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Check posture: Most sitting problems are due to posture - look at someone on the computer or driving a car - most are slouching! Use an ergonomic chair or lumbar support whenever sitting at home, at work or in the car. ...Read more
Yoga, et al...:
Where is your pain? Low back pain may be related to poor arch support, and/or poor posture. Try tilting your pelvis...As if sitting down...Flattening the lumbar curvature of your spine. Does that relieve it any?
Yoga can be very useful for fostering body awareness and better posture so that you will understand how shifts in your posture, alignment, and movement will affect how you feel. ...Read more
What is the cause?:
back pain is very common. To treat it best, you need to figure out the cause. There are many possibilities including arthritis, fracture, facet disease, soft tissue abnormalities, infection, nerve impingement, stress reaction & stress fracture...
If you've had the pain for a while or if it is disabling, you need to see your doctor for a diagnosis. Then he/she can devise a tx plan. Good luck. ...Read more
Many Possibilities: Depending on how long it's been going on, I would consider an evaluation by a spine specialist. Sometimes it could be a muscle imbalance, early onset arthritis or scoliosis. Also could be a pinched nerve/herniated disc. Either way it might be good to figure it out and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more
Evaluation: There are many causes of persistent back pain. Most cases respond to lumbar strengthening exercises and anti-inflammatories. For persistent pain, the best recommendation is to be evaluated by a spine specialist to understand the cause of the pain, and the best way to treat it. ...Read more
Strengthening: In soccer players I have treated for low back pain I have seen cases where the muscle soreness and tightening was due to weakness and inhibition of the gluteal muscles causing facilitation i.e. Overwork of the lumbar paraspinal muscles. A good sports med doc, a do well versed in omm or a good pt should be able to help you figure this out. ...Read more
Conservative first: Conservative treatment is the first step. A combination of core muscle strengthening, intermittent and as needed use of anti-inflammatory medications and maintaining an ideal body weight is usually effective at managing back pain. If this is unsuccessful, I would recommend seeing a spine specialist. ...Read more
Stretch and Exercise: At your age, I would suggest stretching out and working in strengthening your cores muscles. Take some anti-inflammatories around the clock for the next few days. If you do not improve after a few days, I would consider evaluation by a spine/pain specialist for further testing and treatment options like epidural steroid injections. ...Read more
Probably the reverse:
The motorcycle is probably causing it.
Sitting for prolonged periods in the same position puts a lot of pressure on the disks, spine joints and sacroiliac joints. ...Read more
Try Simple Measures: Try icing your back for 20 minutes or so laying on your side. Try some over the counter analgesics like Aleve (naproxen) or Motrin (you can use the generic versions). If no relief, see a doctor right away. If there is interference with walking or bowel or bladder problems, that's an emergency and you need to get to an er asap. ...Read more