October 15, 2014
Back pain is a big problem. The National Institutes of Health states that approximately 80 percent of all Americans will have it at some time in their lives—and it doesn’t always go away. Chronic back pain can last for months or more, and worse, it may render even the most basic activities impossible. So if you’re in pain, make an appointment with your doctor, as you might have a serious injury or disease.
Back injuries are a common source of back pain because they can happen at any time. You pick up your grandchild and strain a muscle. You slip on an icy sidewalk and get a painful bruise. But when that strained muscle or bruise continues to throb or ache longer than normal, it might indicate a bigger problem. For many people, a seemingly minor accident might actually be a herniated disc or compression fracture.
Pain is the body’s way of telling you that something is wrong. So if you’re suffering from chronic back pain, tell your physician. If a past injury isn’t to blame, it might be an undiagnosed medical condition. Degenerative disc disease, which robs the intervertebral discs of their sponginess and flexibility, frequently produces back pain. The narrowing of the spinal canal, or spinal stenosis, can also lead to chronic discomfort.
Remember when your mother told you to stand up straight? Well, she was right. Millions of people go to the doctor each year with back pain only to find out that their posture is causing it. Especially when sitting at a desk all day long, poor posture can create an unnatural curvature of the spine that instigates pain. No matter the source of your pain, though, the good news is that natural remedies, including exercise, proper posture and hydrotherapy, can often alleviate it.
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