If you’ve ever experienced back pain, you know that it can be debilitating even if it’s occasional or short-term. What’s scary about back pain – particularly acute low back pain – is when your symptoms are due to a chronic illness or condition. That could mean a lifetime of pain and searching for effective treatment options. Understanding the truth about managing back pain could improve your quality of life and help you get the pain relief you need. Let’s look at 10 of these truths we all need to recognize starting today.
Truth #1: Back pain is indeed a serious problem
Your back is responsible for everything your body can do. It keeps you upright. It allows you to move. And perhaps, most importantly, it protects your spinal cord. Your 33 vertebrae move fluidly with 120 muscles, 220 ligaments and 100 joints.
When you have poor posture and/or when spine isn’t functioning properly, it can throw your whole body into disarray. Even something as tiny as a 5mm herniated disc can change your life forever. The more you understand about the mechanics of your back and spine, the easier it is to understand why unnecessary wear and tear should be avoided.
Truth #2: You are likely to experience back pain at some point
Pain research experts estimate that 80% of all people will experience back pain at some point in their life. People with low back pain seem to be suffering at increasing levels. Low back pain is “second most common cause of disability in United States adults and a common reason for lost work days,” causing hardships for millions.
Those numbers will likely continue to drastically increase, due in part to lifestyle choices and work habits. In fact, evidence suggests 54% of Americans who experience back pain spend most of their workday sitting.
If you look at the sedentary trappings of normal life, it make sense. A trigger of chronic pain later in life can be as simple as years of bad posture as a young adult. This is especially prevalent in today’s high tech world, because we find ourselves awkwardly staring down at devices for hours a day – from laptops to cell phones to tablets.
Regardless of your age – whether you’re 10 or 50 – if you’re reading this on a mobile device right now, take note of your posture. It might be time to consider improving care for low back pain.
Truth #3: It’s time for a self-assessment
Give yourself a quick pop quiz:
- Are you holding your mobile device below eye level?
- Is your chin down towards your chest?
- Are your shoulders slumped forward?
- If you tilt your head back, do you feel relief in your neck?
If you answered yes to any of the questions, keep reading. Technology isn’t going anywhere, so learning better posture habits now may help you avoid back pain down the road.
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