Help! I woke up with a back pain

Back Pain

At some point of time in life, we all experience back pain and most of the times, it hinders with our daily work. Back pain is more commonly experienced in the lower back region. 
Although it is a very common thing experienced by many, the good news is it can easily be resolved in days or weeks with small lifestyle adjustments. In case of severe pain or serious symptoms of back pain, it is recommended to get a fully check up and diagnosis by a doctor, preferably a physiotherapist

Causes of Back Pain

There are several reasons that may cause a back pain. The most common cause for this would be either poor body posture or lack of movement. People at desk jobs are most prone to back pain called mechanical back pain and this is not a very serious state. This is due to the fact that muscles at the back are strained. Strain can be caused due to other reasons such as lifting heavy objects or indulging in a new activity as well. It only causes discomfort and hinders your productivity at work due to the constant pain. 

Other serious causes could be taking a fall on your back. In such a case, it is recommended to go for a check up at the earliest to rule out the chances of disc prolapsed, joint impingement, osteoporosis, etc. 

What are the symptoms of lower back pain? 

Back pain symptoms can affect various other parts of the body. The symptoms are in plenty. Some of them are: 

  • A mild ache in the lower back
  • Struggle to stand up comfortably without pain 
  • A striking pain that can radiate until the leg or foot
  • A decline in the motion of the back 
  • Weakened ability to flex the back 
  • Stiffness in the lower back 
  • Pins and needles or feeling numb in the lower limbs, feet or even buttocks

There are other severe symptoms such as loss of bladder control, fever, unexplained weight loss, etc. that may mean serious issues such as a slip disc or spinal injury. It is highly recommended to go to a health expert at the earliest for any of these symptoms, as it requires more than just a lifestyle change. Sometimes, surgery may also be needed in such cases. 

Back Pain Treatment 

Physiotherapy is a highly suggested option to treat your back pain, be it chronic or mechanical. The physiotherapist will have a look at your injury, history record and lifestyle actions and recommend adjustments accordingly. Following the simple and regular exercises suggested by the therapist will help in resolving your pain for the short term. These practices must be integrated into your lifestyle in order to reap its benefits in the long run. An advantage of physiotherapy is that it also helps you correct your posture aiding to many other advantages such as making your body frame look better and boosts confidence. 

Exercises may involve simple stretches or movements in regular intervals during the day. Other physiotherapy treatments include applying icing or heating technique to the region of pain, massages for the back and so on. 

Understanding the effects of back pain and other such problems at a deep rooted level, health experts at Portea are the best in diagnosing you. Providing special care to each one of our patients by learning about their history, injury and lifestyle, they diagnose you with the best possible solutions. Worry no more and reach out to Portea to help you lead a healthier life! 

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