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Traveling with a sore back is challenging. Between the heavy luggage and the strange beds, a person can develop more pain than the trip is worth. Since living with low back problems for many years, I have discovered the hardships of travel. Not wanting to give up the benefits of visiting beautiful places, I look for back-friendly environments and activities that help me avoid debilitating pain that can spoil a trip. Traveling allows me to do the things I enjoy. And, I am always in less pain when I am doing something I enjoy. I want to share with you the benefits of travel and help you avoid the sore-back pitfalls. You too can experience the pain melting away when you are doing something fun or taking in a breath-taking vista. But first, a successful trip requires a back-friendly destination and back-friendly fun. Without planning for your body's needs, the trip can become a bummer when you end-up spending most of the time in bed looking out the window. No fun! With a few travel ...
Back pain - nonspecific
Low back pain
Pain in any part of the back
Pain may radiate to the buttocks or upper leg(s)
Signs and tests
A physical examination focused on the back, the abdomen, and the extremities may confirm back pain or muscle spasm , but the examination does not reveal a specific cause (such as a herniated disk) or any neurological problem (such as weakness or change in sensation).
X-rays of the spine are usually normal. Further work-up may include a CT scan or MRI of the spine .
Walk this Way As someone with lifelong asthma, my upper and lower back are places that hold an extreme amount of tension. This is not uncommon for asthma sufferers. After a bad bout of bronchitis, my back and chest can hurt for weeks. Even during daily activities, I may notice chest heaviness on an allergic day. Back tightness is ever present. So, keeping my back, spine, chest and lungs healthy is a top priority. Sometimes the back has its own way of telling you what to do however, and major discomfort or spasm forces the body to stop, rest and regroup. Within the last ten years I've only had two lower back "incidents," by that I mean back-spasms. One was before my first alumni reunion weekend in Vermont. I woke up and I couldn't stand up straight. I went to my family chiropractor who gave me an adjustment and I was able to attend the weekend. The second incident occurred after I was lifting a television set (I know, I know). I felt my ba...
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