Sometimes it happens. You’re chugging along nicely. You feel fit and well and think your health problems are way off in the future, something to worry about another day. Then suddenly, you feel something’s not quite right with your lower back. Maybe you even begin to kid yourself that it’s nothing, that it will go away on its own.
Or, you pass it off as having just slept awkwardly, or something simple like that. But there’s no obvious reason why. No clue. No real explanation. And when it happens, it leaves you suffering with back pain for much longer than you should.
So let’s look at some common reasons why back pain happens, so that you can look out for them and know to act instantly to get your back looked at properly, if you think any of them has happened to you:
1. It could be a simple case of your lower back muscles finally packing up after years of overuse.
2. Maybe you suffered some back pain years ago and thought nothing of it at the time, but the real damage has been building slowly ever since and it’s finally decided to surface now that your body isn’t quite as flexible or as strong as it once was.
3. Perhaps you sit a lot? Maybe you sit at work or in your car, or maybe you’ve just picked up a bit of a bad habit that means you slouch when you’re watching TV, or maybe you sleep in a funny way, such as on your front?
4. Maybe you’re the one person in the house that is left to do all the housework, who is always cleaning the floor and picking things up after the kids or grandkids, or you spend time in the garden attending to its needs and constantly stressing your back whilst doing it? If so, then the toll all this has taken over the years is perhaps finally beginning to surface in the form of the back pain and stiffness you’re now suffering.
And so the list goes on.
Rarely does the reason for back pain, or the root cause of it, ever get more complex than anything you’ve just read above. In fact, I often argue that back pain is inevitable, that it’s actually the sign of an active and on-the-go lifestyle where you’ve put to good use everything you’ve been given.
It’s just a shame that when you hit 40, definitely 50, and most certainly 60, that the really strong lower back you had when you were younger isn’t the same any more. However, it’s often nothing that can’t be helped if you get it looked at quickly and follow one or two bits of advice.
The stats show that at least 8 out of 10 people will suffer with a bad back. And here’s something that all of those people should have been told: chances are, if you’ve suffered back pain lasting for longer than 17 days, it isn’t likely to go away on its own.
That means you must do something about it - something that involves more than just rest or taking painkillers. And, as it happens, if you want some tips on precisely what to do, I’ve prepared a special report for Mail readers. Go to www.paulgoughphysio.com/back-pain and there’s a free report for you to download which shows you 9 ways to ease back pain without needing painkillers. Hope this helps.