There are several things that can cause a lower back pain. Sometimes the pain is muscle or ligament related, and other times they could be more serious and can involve slipped discs. When the muscles in the back strain or spasm, this can also cause pain that is either minor to severe. Back pain can also occur from lifting something improperly or even sneezing. Ligaments are found on the bone, meaning they attach bone to bone. When back pain is ligament related, it could be due to performing an activity the individual is not used to doing.
A slipped disc is also called a herniated disc. This occurs when a disc is pressing against the nerves because the disc found between the bones of the spine bulges. The most common reason for this injury is a twisting action while someone is lifting something. The pain of a slipped disc usually is mild to moderate but some severe pain can occur. A doctor should be consulted if the injury worsens or if the pain starts to spread down the leg, or the pain is so intense and severe that it causes severe mobility problems.
For lower back pain relief, lie on the floor with your knees bent and legs up on a chair with a pillow on it. The chair is not necessary and lower back pain relief can be achieved just by lying flat with your knees bent. It is important to only rest for a maximum of about 48 hours because anything longer than that will cause your muscles to weaken and the pain can increase. In fact, it may even cause the pain to worsen.
Heat is a great way to achieve lower back pain relief. Heat packs, hot water bottles, heat wraps, and other products found on the market are all available. Heat is recommended to be used between 20 and 30 minutes at a time. Sometimes ice packs and massage can offer lower back pain relief as well.
It is essential to find a way to achieve lower back pain relief, especially if it puts a damper on your day-to-day living activities. Taking over-the-counter drugs (e.g., NSAIDs or acetaminophen) can provide temporary relief, but you don’t want to over do it since it is known that prolong usage can have have negative effects on your body and health.
Here’s to finding relief for your lower back pain!