Back Pain

One of the most common types of back pain is lumbago - pain in the lumbar or lower-back region. This part of the back moves the most and so is under the most pressure when a person is sitting or lifting. This may result in muscle spasm or strain. If the pain persists, visit your GP. In the meantime, consider taking anti-inflammatory pain relief tablets such as ibuprofen.

The nerve of it

The spine consists of a series of interlocking bones called vertebrae and these are separated by discs that allow your back to bend. If a disc bulges or ‘leaks' it can trigger pain by pressing on and releasing irritant chemicals near to one or more nerve roots. This pain, called sciatica, may not just be in your back - it may go into your buttocks or legs too.
 
Factors which make back pain worse, include:

 

  • Lack of exercise:
    Weak tummy muscles may be a factor as these muscles work with your back muscles to stabilise your spine. Exercise such as Yoga and Pilates can strengthen these ‘core' muscles
     
  • Poor posture:
    Poor posture can make backache worse. Make sure that your posture is good when sitting, standing, driving and working 
     
  • Driving: 
    Driving subjects the body to continual vibration and many of us sit badly when at the wheel
     
  • Heavy physical activity: 
    including lifting and handling of heavy loads is a major factor in making back pain worse

 

managing bad back pain - lumbago, sciatica & frozen shoulder

Pharmacist Advice: Managing Back Pain

 

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