Customarily, back pain is more likely experienced at the age of 30 and above. And recently, I have been experiencing back pains especially at the lower back. As the term itself, it’s really painful and uncomfortable.
But what are the factors that gives a higher risk of developing back pain? (Well, other than being pregnant, if you are.)
1- stressful job/strenuous physical work
2- inactive/sluggish lifestyle
5- unproper, strenuous physical exercise
6- poor posture
Among these, I can possibly relate mine to numbers 2, 3, 4 and 6. Hmm… Maybe the 2nd and 6th are on top of the reasons why I have back pains. Yeah, I have a sedentary lifestyle. I do not exercise as before. I usually lay in bed and rest on my free time. And with that, I feel more tired always. And 6th, yes, because I usually adopt hunched sitting position when using computers which really can result in increased back and shoulder problems.
The BIG question is, could your back pain be SCIATICA? So, what is SCIATICA?
Symptoms (from http://www.webmd.com):
- lower back pain that extends through the hip and buttock and down one leg
- pain usually affects only one leg and may get worse when you sit, cough, or sneeze
- leg may also feel numb, weak, or tingly at times
- symptoms of tend to appear suddenly and can last for days or weeks
Causes of Sciatica (from http://www.spine-health.com/):
- Herniated Disc – sometimes referred to as a slipped disc; occurs when the soft inner core of the disc leaks out, or herniates, through the fibrous outer core and irritates the contiguous nerve root
- Degenerative Disc Disease – occurs with aging; weakened disc
- Isthmic spondylolisthesis – occurs when a small stress fracture allows one vertebral body to slip forward on another
- Lumbar spinal stenosis – narrowing of the spinal canal; again, this is relative to aging (common in adults over age 60)
- Piriformis syndrome – The sciatic nerve can get irritated as it runs under the piriformis muscle in the buttock. If the piriformis muscle irritates or pinches a nerve root that comprises the sciatic nerve, it can cause sciatica-type pain.
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction – Irritation of the sacroiliac joint—located at the bottom of the spine—can also irritate the L5 nerve, which lies on top of the sacroiliac joint, causing sciatica-type pain.
The terms could be very technical, yet, the explanations are easy to understand.
It’s scary that we might think of our back pains are just simple cases, but unknowingly, these could be advanced cases such as this sciatica. I have been addicted recently to watching chiropractic in YouTube that is where I encountered knowing sciatica.
A week from now, I’ll be having our company’s annual physical exam. I hope there’s nothing serious with this back pain. Well, honestly, I am afraid and praying that I don’t have it.
So, as of now, what I can do and I can advice to you guys is to exercise regularly but remember not to overly do it or make it too exhausting. Maybe stretching and some jogging will do. There are also some easy-to-follow exercises or dance / Zumba in YouTube that you may use as guide. And of course, even we are living in the computer era, let us always remember to have a good posture.
If you have an extra budget, you can also have a good massage. It also soothes back pain somehow. It helps increase blood circulation and muscle relaxation.
Let’s all be mindful of our health. Remember, WE ARE NOT GETTING ANY YOUNGER. 🙂