Four out of five adults will experience lower back pain

Four out of five adults will experience lower back pain

Over the past 30 years, global lower back pain disability has increased by 54%.

Four of every five adults will have lower back pain at a certain point in their lives.

Natural changes in the spine occur along with age, leading to increased chances of developing lower back pain as we get older.

Lower back pain may occur suddenly or gradually, and may consist of a sluggish ache or a sharp pain.

One of the causes of lower back pain that can be easily corrected is poor posture, including slouching while using laptops.

Lower back pain may persist for months or years in some individuals, and no specific cause is found.

Another important cause of lower back pain is disk degeneration.

When a disc prolapse occurs, the surrounding nerves are compressed, and patients with lower back pain will experience nerve-related symptoms in the legs.

Lower back pain can be caused by conditions elsewhere that are not related to the back, such as abdominal tumours, aortic aneurysms, kidney stones or uterine or bladder problems.

Most of these cases of lower back pain resolve with non-surgical treatments and by educating the patients to manage and control the pain.

According to a recent newsletter from the World Health Organization, unnecessary care in the form of investigations and offering surgical treatments for those with non-specific lower back pain occurs worldwide.

Future advances in minimally invasive surgical procedures could provide an opportunity for doctors to relieve lower back pain and discomfort by surgical means and improve the quality of life for millions of people around the world.

Lower back pain that does not even improve after three months of non-surgical therapy.

Ensuring that you have the right posture while sitting, lying, working and carrying heavy objects or weights will help to greatly prevent lower back pain.

It is recommended to sleep on the back with a pillow under the knees, sleep on the side with a pillow in between the knees or a curled-up foetal position for acute lower back pain caused by a prolapsed disc.

Exercising regularly to stretch and strengthen your back and abdominal muscles will help to prevent back pain.

Read the original article "Four out of five adults get lower back pain" at https://www.thestar.com.my/lifestyle/health/2020/04/30/four-out-of-five-adults-will-experience-lower-back-pain

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