Back Pain Symptoms And Treatment

Causes of postural back pain

Over 80% of the population will suffer from lower back pain during their lives.   A back muscle strain or ligament strain is one of the most common causes of acute lower back pain. Lifting a heavy object, twisting, or a sudden movement can cause muscles or ligaments stretch or develop microscopic tears.  This is often a result of a long accumulation of muscle tension.  However, the following can also be the cause.

  • Herniated or slipped disc
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Piriformis syndrome

Symptoms

Severe or aching pain in the lower back that starts after activity, sudden movement, or lifting a heavy object. Symptoms can include any of the following

  • Difficulty moving that can be severe enough to prevent walking or standing
  • Pain that also moves around to the groin, buttock or upper thigh, but rarely travels below the knee
  • Pain that tends to be achy and dull
  • Muscle spasms, which can be severe
  • Local soreness upon touch

Treatment

Identifying the symptoms and getting a diagnosis that pinpoints the underlying cause of the pain is the first step in obtaining effective pain relief.

  • See your doctor for a diagnosis or recommendation for further treatment, including surgery.
  • See a physiotherapist or osteopath to provide corrective solutions through manipulation and prescribed exercises
  • Try stretching exercise classes that build the core and help correct the areas of tension build up, such as pilates, yoga or consider Tai Chi or the Alexander Technique for good posture . Always declare your injury to the teacher of the class.
  • Heat and/or cold therapy helps relieve most types of low back pain by reducing inflammation. Often patients use ice pads, but some prefer heat. Both may be used alternately and there are many options available at pharmacies.
  • A wide variety of over-the-counter and prescription medications is available to help reduce lower back pain. Seek advice as to which is best for you.
  • Use a proper ergonomic/orthopaedic chair or adjustable back support cushion to correct your posture and allow your back to heal by reducing tension and pain build up from bad posture keep muscles strong.

Ceasing activity for a few days allows injured tissue and even nerve roots to begin to heal, which in turn will help relieve lower back pain. However, after the initial few days of rest, progressive and gentle exercise will usually help to reduce the pain.   Exercise will help to keep the back muscles and spinal structures conditioned, otherwise, long periods of inactivity can lead to deconditioning and weakening, leading to further back injury and strain, which causes additional pain. In addition, movement helps exchange nutrients and fluids within the discs to keep them healthy and prevent pressure.

How Corrigo can help

Many chairs lack the adjustability that allows you to support your body in its own natural S shape. Corrigo chairs actively prevent you from sitting in a slouched C shape and adjust to fit you correctly so that your whole body is supported in an optimum S Shape curve.  Every area should be supported to ensure maximum pressure reduction, relief from pain and ensuring balanced muscle use, from your hips and thighs to your back, neck and shoulders

Every individual is a different shape and size, even two people of the same height and weight will require different settings in a chair.  Corrigo chairs recognise and embrace this individuality and our chairs, therefore, provide far higher levels of adjustability found in most chairs in the market place.

Corrigo chairs have been specifically designed by an ergonomist and physiotherapist to prevent and reduce back pain by ensuring a healthy posture.  If you are seeking treatment, it is essential to maximise your recovery and rehabilitation plan by correcting your posture, allowing your back to heal.  No more slouching.

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