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Published on October 7, 2008

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Low Back Pain Tips on Pain Relief and Prevention

What can cause low back injuries? muscle strain or spasm, sprains of ligaments (which attach bone to bone), joint problems or a "slipped disk." The most common cause is using your back muscles in activities you're not used to, like lifting heavy furniture or twisting a body. A slipped disk (also called a herniated disk) happens when a disk between the bones of the spine bulges and presses on nerves. This is often caused by twisting while lifting.

muscle strain or spasm, sprains of ligaments (which attach bone to bone), joint problems or a "slipped disk." The most common cause is using your back muscles in activities you're not used to, like lifting heavy furniture or twisting a body.

A slipped disk (also called a herniated disk) happens when a disk between the bones of the spine bulges and presses on nerves. This is often caused by twisting while lifting.

What can I do for relief when I've hurt my lower back?

What else can I do for relief? Heating pads can help to relax painful muscle spasms. Use heat for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Massages may also give relief.

Heating pads can help to relax painful muscle spasms. Use heat for 20 to 30 minutes at a time. Massages may also give relief.

Call your family doctor if: Pain goes down your leg below your knee Your leg, foot, groin or rectal area feels numb You lose control over going to the bathroom Your pain was caused by an injury Your pain is so intense you can't move around Your pain doesn't seem to be getting better after 2 to 3 days

Pain goes down your leg below your knee

Your leg, foot, groin or rectal area feels numb

You lose control over going to the bathroom

Your pain was caused by an injury

Your pain is so intense you can't move around

Your pain doesn't seem to be getting better after 2 to 3 days

Tips for preventing back strain Don't lift by bending over. Lift an object by bending your knees and squatting to pick up the object. Keep your back straight and hold the object close to your body. Avoid twisting your body while lifting.

Don't lift by bending over. Lift an object by bending your knees and squatting to pick up the object. Keep your back straight and hold the object close to your body. Avoid twisting your body while lifting.

Push rather than pull when you must move heavy objects. If you must sit at your desk for long hours, break up the time with stops to stretch. Tips for preventing back strain

Push rather than pull when you must move heavy objects.

If you must sit at your desk for long hours, break up the time with stops to stretch.

Tips for preventing back strain Wear flat shoes or shoes with low heels (1 inch or lower). Exercise regularly. An inactive lifestyle contributes to lower back pain.

Wear flat shoes or shoes with low heels (1 inch or lower).

Exercise regularly. An inactive lifestyle contributes to lower back pain.

What's the best way to sit?

What's the best position for standing? If you must stand for long periods, rest 1 foot on a low stool to relieve pressure on your lower back. Every 5 to 15 minutes, switch the foot you're resting on the stool. Maintain good posture: Keep your ears, shoulders and hips in a straight line, with your head up and your stomach pulled in.

If you must stand for long periods, rest 1 foot on a low stool to relieve pressure on your lower back. Every 5 to 15 minutes, switch the foot you're resting on the stool. Maintain good posture: Keep your ears, shoulders and hips in a straight line, with your head up and your stomach pulled in.

What's the best position for sleeping? The best way to sleep is on your side with your knees bent. You may put a pillow under your head to support your neck. You may also put a pillow between your knees.

The best way to sleep is on your side with your knees bent. You may put a pillow under your head to support your neck. You may also put a pillow between your knees.

What's the best position for sleeping? If you sleep on your back, put pillows under your knees and a small pillow under your lower back. Don't sleep on your stomach unless you put a pillow under your hips.

If you sleep on your back, put pillows under your knees and a small pillow under your lower back. Don't sleep on your stomach unless you put a pillow under your hips.

Proper sleeping positions Mattresses What you sleep on can also impact how comfortably you sleep. If adjusting your sleeping position doesn't help reduce pain, try adjusting your sleeping surface. Mattress firmness is an individual choice. It should not be too hard or too soft.

Mattresses

What you sleep on can also impact how comfortably you sleep. If adjusting your sleeping position doesn't help reduce pain, try adjusting your sleeping surface. Mattress firmness is an individual choice. It should not be too hard or too soft.

What exercises can I do to strengthen my back?

Golden Rules Sit properly, Stand Properly &Sleep Properly Regular Back Exercise Take breaks periodically i.e. do not sit or stand for longer duration Use proper chair with lumbar support Do not use high heel shoes. Consult your doctor, if required.

Sit properly, Stand Properly &Sleep Properly

Regular Back Exercise

Take breaks periodically i.e. do not sit or stand for longer duration

Use proper chair with lumbar support

Do not use high heel shoes.

Consult your doctor, if required.

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