Obesity is the leading cause of back pain

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Obesity is quickly becoming the leading cause for chronic pain. The current lifestyle changes that people go through due to easy access to fast food and conveniences are only adding to the obesity numbers year after year. This in turn is also increasing the number of cases of patients coming in with back pain issues at very young ages.

 

The American Obesity Association reports that musculoskeletal pain and back pain are now very common amongst nearly one third of the people that are classified as obese. More and more obese people now complain that they feel less able to complete everyday activities than those with other chronic conditions.

 

The reason obese people face more back pain pressure is due to the body having to compensate for the extra weight, which causes the spine to become tilted and stressed unevenly. As a result of that the spin over time starts to lose its support and forms an unnatural curvature, which has adverse and painful effects on the body especially while carrying out day-to-day activities.

 

The most common danger from obesity to the spine and joints is a herniated disc. This is when discs and other spinal structures are damaged from having to compensate for the pressure extra weight on the back.

 

Overall the only way to comeback back pain due to obesity is weight loss and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The effects of obesity only get worse over time and its important for those who are overweight to act upon it in their young age rather than later.

Is over the counter pain killers really easing your lower back ?

Back and neck pain affects more than nine percent of the worlds population, while osteoarthritis affects nearly four percent. Most doctors usually recommended taking acetaminophen to ease these pains, a common component of Panadol, Tylenol and other off the counter pain killers.

New research has now found that acetaminophen is ineffective against lower back pain and only provides short term benefits to those that suffer from osteoarthritis. Those who suffer from lower back pain have a tough time standing and sitting, at some points making it almost impossible. Since the medicine doesn’t directly affect the pain point’s, acetaminophen is only able to provide a minimal amount of pain relief.

According to doctors the best way to combat lower back pain is through natural cures such as exercise, massage, acupuncture, and ice and heat therapies. It is also important to maintain a healthy diet and observe weight control to put less tensional stress on your lower back.

In conclusion the use of over the counter drugs may be just a waste of your money especially if you only suffer from lower back pain. The natural cures are the best ones to follow and have long term effects. So the next time you visit your doctor do let him know how effective their over the counter pain killers are.

Technological devices are leading cause for back and neck pain for young people

There has been an increasing number of young people approaching doctors for help with back and neck pain, but why so at such a young age ? Chronic back and neck pain is something that plagues older folks above the ages of 40 but has recently increased for the younger and much more tech savvy generation.

The British chiropractic association said that their seeing an increasing amount of under 30’s seeking medical help with back and neck pain, due to them spending up to 10 hours a day sitting down behind screens. The number of young patients has risen from 28 percent to 45 percent within just a year. One quarter of these say that they suffer from chronic pain on a daily basis.

Tim Hutchful who is a BCA chiropractor says that the modern lifestyle that the younger generation is confined to is causing these increase in back and neck pain cases. He states that many people are completely unaware that staying in the same position can cause unnecessary strain on the back.

It’s true that staying in the same position for a long period, sitting on hard and still surfaces like couches and chairs causes a build up of tension in your lower back. Not taking regular breaks to stretch and relieve that stress can be harmful to the discs on the spine. In reality the human back is hard at work even when we’re relaxing.

Some easy tips to overcome the neck and back pain for those who spend a lot of time in front of screens and at their desks is to first sit up straight, take a desk break every 30 minutes where you do some stretches and finally staying hydrated.

You should also ensure that if you’re in front of a screen, that it is at eye level with your eyebrows and that your chair is slightly forward so that the knees are slightly higher than the hips. These rather simple tips will ensure that you maintain a healthy posture and steer away from neck and back pain.