If you’ve ever groaned, “Oh, my aching back!”, you are not alone. Back pain is one of the most common medical problems today, affecting 8 out of 10 people at some point during their lives. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months.
Most back pain goes away on its own, though it may take awhile. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and resting can help. However, staying in bed for more than 1 or 2 days can make it worse.
If your back pain is severe or doesn’t improve after three days, you should consider consulting a doctor.
There are a lot of things that contribute to that ache in your back – from being cooped up in a cubicle, to long hours at the wheel in bumper-to-bumper traffic. The sedentary lifestyle that most people lead today has a very big role to play in such afflictions. In the light of such lifestyles, it becomes all the more imperative to ensure that you incorporate some sort of activity into your daily routine – be it a walk, a spell in the gym, a dance class or riding the cycle to work. All movement is welcome – from taking the stairs to taking breaks in between those long hours at your cubicle.
Don’t ignore those aches. Get back at them before your back gets to you!