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Practically everyone experiences low back pain at some point in life. Some experience it more frequently than others. If you struggle with frequent episodes of low back pain, here are some tips to help you prevent it.
1. Think BEFORE You Lift : By thinking about how to lift properly, you can prevent 90 percent of the causes for a sudden, sharp pain in the back. Place your feet shoulder width apart, bend the knees and tighten up your abdominal wall; all of this is done before you lift.
2. Provide a Good Base of Support : Think as if you are a chair; one leg is pretty wobbly. Two legs are better than one, especially with the feet widely placed for extra support. Place a hand down on a counter top for even more support and now you are a three-legged chair. And both legs and arms in contact with something solid will give your spine the most stable base of support possible.
Medications are the most frequently recommended treatment for l ow back pain . Research has shown that 80% of primary care patients with low back pain were prescribed at least one medication when seen by the primary care provider; more than one third were prescribed two or more medications.
The most commonly prescribed drugs for low back pain are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as Motrin and naproxen, muscle relaxants, and opioid-based pain killers. Other medications regularly prescribed for chronic low back pain include benzodiazepines such as Valium , cortisone-type drugs, anti-depressant medications and anti-seizure medications. Of course, many patients use over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, aspirin, and NSAIDs such as Advil.
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Back pain, especially low back pain, is a significant health problem. According to the National Institutes of Health, eight out of 10 people will have back pain at some time in their lives. Also, back pain is the most frequent cause of activity limitations in people under 45. Several recent studies done in both Europe and America have suggested that acupuncture is an effective treatment for chronic low back pain. I found the most recent, a study conducted in Washington and California, to be particularly interesting. Following a description of the study and its results, I'll share my thoughts on the conclusion. Study Design A total of 638 adults with uncomplicated chronic low back pain participated in this study. (People with spinal stenosis, sciatica, or previous back surgeries were not included.) The participants were divided into four groups according to the type of treatment they would receive: 1) Individualized Acupuncture – At t...
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