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Lower Back Pain

Do you suffer with lower back pain?

What is lower back pain?

Low back pain caused by spinal degeneration and injury.

Conditions commonly linked to back pain include muscle or ligament strain. Repeated heavy lifting or a sudden awkward movement can strain back muscles and spinal ligaments.

Most lower back pain is the result of an injury. Certain medical conditions can also cause it.

Back pain is more common now than ever before, and can occur at any age however, most people have their first encounter with back pain when they’re between the ages of 30 and 50 years old. This is partly due to the way the body changes with age.

As you grow older, there’s a reduction in fluid between the vertebrae in the spine. As a result, discs in the spine are more easily irritated.

You also lose some muscle tone, which makes the back more prone to injury.

This is why it is important to focus on strengthening your back muscles / core of the back by using good body mechanics can help prevent lower back pain.

Lower back pain symptoms

Lower back pain has a lot of potential causes and may result in a variety of symptoms.

Some of the most common symptoms include:

  • pain when resting or sitting for long periods.

  • pain when lifting something heavy or bending down.

  • pain radiating from the glutes or hips.

  • stiffness after a period of inactivity or when first waking up.

  • numbness or weakness

There are other less common — but more severe — symptoms. They include:

  • pain in the legs or feet as well as in the back

  • unintentional weight loss

  • fever

  • lack of bowel control

Consult a doctor or specialist in the field if you experience severe symptoms or your back pain lasts longer than 72 hours.

Lower back pain causes

There are many common causes of lower back pain, including underlying chronic conditions.

Muscle sprains or strains

The muscles and ligaments in the back can stretch or tear due to excess activity. Sudden movements can also cause sprains or strains.

Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the lower back as well as muscle spasms or cramps.

If you can relate to this then contact us for a consultation or session as we will assess and assist you and provide you with expert advice on how to correct your posture and alleviate re-occurrence.

For more information, please feel free to contact me on the number listed below, or schedule your appointment by using the online app.

Chris Heunis

Clinical Massage | Physiotherapist

Member of CAMS (Complimentary & Alternative Medical Science) Institute

Tel No: 084 767 2913

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