The spine supports our entire body and as a result has to endure an array of stresses and strains of daily life, from moving around the home, walking and especially when we are more active.
The modern generation spends more time sitting down compared to previous generations which in turn causes greater strain on the back when short bursts of movement are required, which can impact on the muscles.
Back pain is extremely common and on average 49% of the UK adult population have experienced back pain which has lasted for a minimum of 24 hours, with a total of 80% of adults having succumbed to a back injury at some stage in their life, which costs the NHS more than £1 billion every year.
Back pain is a very general term and something we are all likely to experience at some stage. Diagnosis is essential in being able to identify the root cause of the problem and being able to offer an effective treatment programme to manage your condition for every condition is different.
Following any initial back pain it is important to stop what you are doing and rest to minimise the risk of making the injury worse, pushing through the pain is not a sensible option.
Should the condition fail to show signs of improvement following a few days of rest then it is advisable to speak with a medical professional to assess the condition as you may require additional treatment.
The majority of injuries we incur result from overuse, where we push ourselves too far and the body simply needs time to recover. Regardless of your sport or activity it is important to know your limits and allow plenty of recovery time in order to minimise the risk of injury.
As an example, if you spend a full day gardening then invariably the following day you will experience stiffness and pain in a number of muscle groups, especially in the back if you have been undertaking a lot of bending, because your body is not used to it.
It is simply telling you to rest and you should take its advice in order to minimise the risk of causing subsequent injury.
In the workplace manual handling and injuries following slips, trips and falls are the most common. Manual handling is all about lifting in the right way, using your legs and not your back.
If you’re lifting something relatively heavy you should bend and lift with your knees, failure to do so can place undue pressure on the back and make it more difficult to lift the item thereby increasing the risk of injury. Always stay within your level of capability.
Manual handling injuries can vary in severity, though rest is essential in allowing the body time to heal, manual therapy treatment and strengthening exercises can also help with this.
A lower back support may also prove to be beneficial in offering compression to the region as well as limiting end of range movements of the spine to offer additional protection.
In the modern world we all spend a lot of sat in front of a computer which can impact on posture and encourage us to adopt a bad slouch.
Back pain resulting from poor posture is fairly common which is why you should be conscious of how you sit, but also consider strengthening exercises such as pilates and yoga to help build core strength which help minimise the risk of injury.
Sciatica affects the extreme lower portion of the spine, causing back pain which can radiate down the leg. The pain is usually caused by impingement of one of the lumbar nerves.
Common causes of this are; prolapsed discs, narrowing of the intervertebral spaces or injury. In some cases the condition may resolve on its own but often requires treatment by a therapist.
There are some other more serious conditions which can also give rise to sciatic nerve pain, so it is important to seek medical advice if sciatica or back pain persists.
Back braces and supports are designed to manage back injuries and help support posture, offering the wearer additional protection and peace of mind during everyday life.
Braces and supports should easy to fit and able to provide compression whilst allowing the skin to breathe.
They should only be used during activity where the back needs the additional support or to aid recovery.
Ossur UK have a great range of back supports and you can get a 25% discount when you buy from the Ossur webshop and use our unique practitioner discount code PR100008 when checking out.
If you are unsure of the sort of back brace you require, please do not hesitate to contact us.