Swelling and Aching and Pain! Oh, My!

posted Jun 24, 2010, 8:34 AM by Sara@LS
Does this sound familiar? You aren’t alone. Back pain is a huge factor in missed days of work and doctor visits. Four out of five people in the U.S. have experienced, or will experience, lower back pain at some point in their life.


Back pain can affect your life if it worsens.


The cause of back pain depends on your situation. Poor posture, muscle weakness, arthritis, osteoporosis, and overuse can all be culprits. There are precautionary measures you can take to reduce your risk of developing back pain:


  • Quit tobacco – Tobacco use increases your odds of having back problems down the road.
  • Maintain a healthy weight – Extra pounds put more pressure on the body and lower back.
  • Exercise – Increased muscle strength improves flexibility and posture. Walking is a good place to start a new workout plan.
  • Practice smart bending – Bend with your knees, not at your waist and stretch often.
  • Get up and move – Sitting for long periods of time can cause stiffness, soreness or cramping. Break up your day by moving around every 30 to 45 minutes.
  • Lift properly – Move close to the object you are lifting, use your leg muscles, and keep your back straight at all times.


A healthier back can lead to better sleep, increased comfort at work and diminished stress. Say goodbye to pain and hello to healthy!


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Source: National Institute of Health

Jun 24, 2010, 8:38 AM