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<p>Tips for understanding, avoiding, and caring for common types of back pain</p>


<p><strong>Introduction:</strong><br />

&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Every day, millions of people are affected by either short-lived or long-lasting pain. Pain is responsible for about 1 billion visits to healthcare providers every year.&nbsp;All of us have experienced some type of back pain in our lifetimes. It can disrupt our lives and limit our ability to manage day-to-day responsibilities.</p>


<p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Knowing how to deal with back pain is the first step toward relieving it and restoring a healthy lifestyle. This brochure provides information on common types of back pain, self-care techniques that may provide relief, warning signs that indicate you should contact a healthcare professional.</p>


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<strong>Common Causes of back pain are:</strong></p>


<ul>

<li>Physical labor performed incorrectly</li>

<li>Sitting in ackward postions</li>

<li>Wearning high-heeld shoes</li>

<li>Poor posture</li>

<li>Weak abdominal muscles</li>

<li>Weak back muscles</li>

<li>Being overweight</li>

<li>Stress</li>

</ul>


<p><strong>More Serious causes of back pain are:</strong></p>


<ul>

<li>Spinal tumors</li>

<li>Infections</li>

<li>Spinal fractures</li>

<li>Neurologic disorder affecting the spine (spinal cord etc.)</li>

<li>Whiplash</li>

<li>Spinal cord</li>

<li>Disc herniation</li>

<li>Disc displacement</li>

<li>Sciatica-pain traveling along the sciatic never, felt in the thigh, buttocks, calf en foot</li>

</ul>


<p><strong>How to relieve back pain symptoms:</strong></p>


<ul>

<li>Apply cold packs to the painful area for 5-10 minutes, at 30-40 minute intervals</li>

<li>Perform low impact exercises, such as walking, swimming, good morning</li>

<li>Avoid strenuous activity, heavy lifting, forward/side bending, twisting with weight in hands</li>

<li>Avoid prolonged bed rest unless otherwise instructed by your healthcare provider (GP etc.)</li>

<li>Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes</li>

<li>Maintain proper (good) posture</li>

</ul>


<p><strong>Preventing back pain:</strong></p>


<ul>

<li>Maintain your proper weight. (excess weight can contribute to back pain</li>

<li>Exercise regularly. It will strengthen bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons and will improve muscle control (stability) and coordination.&nbsp;It also improve your general health</li>

<li>Try to manage your stress. Stress can worsen the symptoms of back pain</li>

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</ul>


<p><strong>Maintain good posture:</strong></p>


<ul>

<li>Stand erect, with your chin in, head up and back straight</li>

<li>Sit upright with your chin in and back straight</li>

</ul>


<p><strong>Contact your healthcare professional if you have following signs:</strong></p>


<ul>

<li>Back pain lasts longer than a few weeks in spite of self-care</li>

<li>The pain is severe or is accompanied by high fever</li>

<li>The pain is accompanied by rapid weight loss</li>

<li>The pain moves toward lower leg and foot</li>

<li>You feel numbness or weakness in your lower body</li>

<li>You are unable to move your lower body</li>

</ul>