The lower back, or lumbar region, below the ribcage is particularly susceptible to injury, with almost everyone experiencing some degree of lower back pain at some point in their life. Lower back pain can be mild or severe, sudden or persistent.
When it occurs unexpectedly as the result of a sudden movement, lower back pain is described as “acute” and will usually get better on its own after rest and basic attention such as physio for lower back treatment. When lower back pain becomes continuous and has lasted for longer than 3 months, it is considered “chronic”. Professional help is required for chronic lower back pain treatment.
Acute lower back pain often involves a sudden stabbing or shooting sensation which may be so severe that you are temporarily unable to stand or move. Chronic lower back pain is more often characterised by a persistent dull ache that may radiate to your buttocks or down the back of your legs. The pain may also be worse in specific positions such as when bending or stretching and alleviated when sitting or lying down.
Acute lower back pain might be caused by a sudden movement or overextension, such as when exercising or using the wrong posture to lift a heavy object. In such cases, the initial injury may be accompanied by a “popping” sound.
Chronic lower back pain is usually the result of an injury to the muscles, ligaments, joints or discs. One of the main causes of such injuries is the accumulative effects of working. Manual jobs that require the regular lifting or moving of heavy objects place the lower back at risk. However, office jobs are also an increasingly common cause of chronic lower back pain due to people sitting in front of a computer for several hours every day, often with bad posture.
Other common risk factors for lower back pain include age, weight and lifestyle. Those over 30 are more likely to experience back pain due to the discs between the vertebrae wearing down gradually. People who are overweight are also more prone to back pain as the extra weight places greater pressure on the spine. Similarly, people who smoke, drink alcohol excessively or live a sedentary lifestyle and tend to slouch are at increased risk. Anyone with a family history of osteoarthritis or some forms of cancer is also at greater risk of developing lower back pain.
There are several effective treatments for relieving back pain. Cortisone injections can help with lower back pain relief, while chronic back pain treatment may require surgery in more severe cases. Osteopathic or chiropractic treatments help the healing process, while physiotherapy for lower back treatment is highly recommended.
Because you lose muscle tone as you age, which makes the back more prone to injury, strengthening your back muscles, using good body mechanics, and enlisting the help of BPC professionals at their back pain clinic in Bangkok are great ways to ensure your back stays strong. BPC offers physical therapy and lower back pain treatment in Bangkok, including physiotherapy exercises for lower back pain, all performed by qualified physios specialised in lower back strain treatment.
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