5 Interesting Facts About Back Pain

Our back is a complex structure of bones, joints, ligaments and muscles.  As such, we are prone to strained muscles and ligaments, slip discs, and much more. No wonder, back pain is one of the top reasons why people miss work!

Approximately half of the working population in the US admit to suffering from back pain each year. The most widely known causes of this pain are from poor posture, a weak core, or herniated discs. While these conditions do contribute to severe back pain, there are a few other factors to consider. Read on for a more in depth look at back pain, it’s causes, and how you can relieve it.


Bulging Discs, MRI Abnormalities, And Disc Degeneration

When people have degenerative changes or herniated discs, they are generally unaware of it. They simply know they have back pain. So, when a person learns that they have one of these conditions, they usually look to surgery as of means of correcting the issue and relieving the pain. However, these abnormalities are not always the direct causes of the pain they may be experiencing.

A study was conducted among people without any back pain and 52 percent of them were found to have some kind of bulging disc or other MRI abnormality. There lack of pain proves that back pain can be caused by a myriad of other reasons.


Put Heat on a Sore Back

Most people know to use a heating pad if they have a sore back.  A lesser known fact is that ice should be used immediately after an injury and only after the initial swelling has decreased should you alternate between ice and heat.



Core Conditioning, Flexibility Exercises, Posture Maintenance

All back pain is not created equal and therefore cannot be addressed in the same way.  Sometimes core conditioning, flexibility exercises and posture maintenance will alleviate the symptoms of a sore back. However, it is very important to consult a health professional and listen to your body to give yourself the highest chances of recovery. 


Back Pain Recovery Is Possible

Save for those with congenital and/or chronic abnormalities, most people with back pain can be treated and recover.  For those with treatment options available, help should be sought immediately to prevent their pain from reoccurring, worsening, or becoming chronic and/or disabling.


A Massage Works Wonders!

Massage is one of the best treatment options for back pain.  It increases your blood flow and circulation, decreasing tension in the muscles, it increases endorphin levels and so much more. If you are experiencing back pain, getting in touch with a licensed massage therapy professional is a great idea. A Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) can help to ease tension in your body to reduce your back pain.

It is very important to understand that the health conditions mentioned above are quite serious and must not be taken lightly.  While sometimes, your pain may stem from tension in your muscles, or a weak core, your problem may be more severe.  If your symptoms continue or worsen over time, you should consult a medical health professional.

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