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Backaches and Stress

Backaches and Stress

Description Of The Injury: Backaches may often occur from excess stress originating from the spine, muscles or nerves of the back region. Backaches due to stress may be a precursor to chronic lower back pain, and should therefore be taken seriously. Often the awareness of backaches that occur from acute stress can be treated with conventional home treatments before turning into an ongoing problem.

Injury Symptoms: One of the common symptoms of backaches due to stress is pain that extends from your back to your buttocks, arms or legs. Additional symptoms include numbness of arms or legs, loss of bladder control, or if the pain from the backache prevents you from sleeping properly.

Additional Information

Home Treatments:

Inflammation that occurs from backache and stress should be initially reduced by refraining from doing any strenuous physical activity in the first few days after the backache pain begins. Ice the painful areas for the first 48-72 hours, and proceed with a heat pack on the same areas afterward. Supplement with standard over the counter pain relievers.

Professional Medical Treatments:

Common medical treatment includes the prescription of of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and analgesics. Further medical treatment may include physical therapy focusing on back muscles, posture, and behavioral modifications. In some cases, spinal manipulation and muscle relaxants may also be options.

Physical Therapy and Exercises:

Backaches can be gradually improved by getting involved in exercise. Non-strenuous cardiovascular exercise such as walking, swimming or the stationary cycle help strengthen the back muscles and improve healthy blood circulation.

Exercise Techniques to Prevent Injury:

Being involved in a complete physical activity program can greatly reduce the chance of backaches. Cardiovascular exercise and strength training will improve the muscles in and around the back area. Take further preventative measures such as practicing proper standing and sitting posture, bending at the knees when picking up heavy objects, and using proper cushioned soles in your shoes