Back Pain Prevention and Treatment Tips

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Back pain is a common problem that affects millions of people each year. It can be caused by many different factors including injury or disease. The most important thing to remember when dealing with back problems is that they should never interfere with your daily activities. If you experience any symptoms such as severe weakness, numbness, tingling, burning sensation, loss of balance, or coordination, it’s best to seek medical attention immediately.


Types of back pain:

What causes back pain - What is causing this pain in my back?

The causes of back pain vary depending on where the pain occurs. Also, back pain is often multi-dimensional issue and can be caused or made worse by a number of factors including; stress, anxiety, emotional strain, and lifestyle issues. The causes of low back pain can be divided into two categories: mechanical or non-mechanical. Non-mechanical (often termed non-specific back pain) is the most common form of back pain. it is pain in the back without any identifiable or relevant structural problem or damage. Mechanical problems may include a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative arthritis.

The following conditions may be the cause of lower back pain:

If nerves get compressed repeatedly, they stop sending messages to the brain about where the body parts should go. For example, numbness in the leg could mean that a blood vessel has been cut off.


Back Pain Symptoms - What are the symptoms of lower back pain?

The following symptoms may indicate that you need to seek more urgent medical attention for back problems:


Prevention - How to Prevent Lower Back Pain?

The best way to avoid back pain is to stay active and healthy.  Also managing stress and emotional strain and making good lifestyle choices, such as staying active, getting restful sleep, and eating well can be very beneficial.

Getting regular aerobic activity through yoga, pilates, stretching, or other forms of exercise that encourage increasing and maintaining a good range of motion of body movements.  Exercise also helps strengthen your heart and lungs, making them better able to pump oxygen throughout your body. It also strengthens your muscles and joints, helping you maintain good posture.

Getting regular manual /physical therapy may also support preventing the onset of conditions that trigger pain.

Treatment Plan and Options for Lower Back Pain

What are the treatments for lower back pain and what is the fastest way to relieve back pain?

There are many ways to treat low back pain. Some pain treatments work well for relief. Your doctor or primary health professional will recommend what works best for you based on your condition. You might try self-care first before seeking professional help.

Natural self-care treatments for lower back pain include:

Seeking treatment early may help prevent long-term damage to joints and ligaments. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to correct structural abnormalities. 

*It is important to remember that having structural changes or damage in the spine, such as a spinal disc injury, does not mean you will have back pain or that this is the cause of your pain

When should I see a health professional about lower back pain?

Lower back pain usually goes away with sufficient rest and treatment but seeing a professional is important if the back pain does not subside, if it gets worse or if it keeps returning. It may be advisable to see  a healthcare professional:

3 Common Physical therapies that may help with back pain can be provided by:

How can an Osteopath help my back pain?

Pain Specialists such as Osteopaths use a holistic, natural, drug-free approach to treat all sorts of pain in the body. They do this by means of physical manipulation in order to correct muscle imbalances, structural alignments, increase joint mobility, massage and release muscles and ease the pain. 

When it comes to back pain, people complain about various symptoms, ranging from stiffness to severe pain in different locations from the top of the neck to the pelvis. For some, the pressure from the back on the nerves may be the cause of numbness in the legs and arms while for others it just feels like pins and needles. Such forms of pain can come on suddenly or over time, and be located anywhere in the spine.

Whether it’s lower back pain, middle back pain, or upper back pain, there is some evidence that osteopathic medicine is effective for treating it. As the cause of pain differs from one individual to another, sometimes it may involve treating other body areas such as the neck, the hips, or the knees.


At The Osteopathic Centre, our osteopaths aim to help you first identify, through a physical examination, why you are experiencing the symptoms and also what underlying mechanisms may be contributing to the problem. From that understanding, we can then help with recommending a holistic, manual therapy approach to resolving the underlying issue and helping relieve the symptoms. 


Frequently Asked Questions

What are the risk factors for developing low back pain?

Some conditions might put you at a higher risk of developing back pain, such as:

I Have Severe Back Pain and Sciatica That Have Not Improved Even with Treatment. What Should I Do?

For any pain that has not subsided a medical professional who specialises in the area of back pain treatment, should be part of the action plan towards recovery. 

Aside from a Slipped Disc, What Are the Other Causes of Recurring Leg and Back Pain?

There are several reasons why someone would experience recurring leg and back pain. Some of these include:

How do I know if my back pain is serious?

If symptoms persist longer than 2-3 months then it may indicate the need for further investigation. Seeking professional help is important if the pain persists. In doubt?

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