Whether your back pain is acute or chronic, it is advisable that you get it assessed by a medical practitioner immediately. This can help reveal the extent of the damage to your back muscles, spine vertebrae and tendons and help catch any serious injury early on before it worsens and causes more pain or other complications.

Low back pack is one of the most common types of pain and can severely affect the way you live. The vast majority of people will experience low back pain at least once in their lifetime so it is wise to educate yourself about it.

There are many common causes for low back pain. One of the most frequently encountered kinds of back pain are from sprains, strains or overuse. The lower back can be injured by using bad body mechanics when picking things up. A person who picks up something that is too heavy runs the risk of a disk bulge or herniation.

Many kinds of back pain will eventually resolve over a short period of time. There are several things that you can do to help yourself when you have back pain.

In the first couple of days, ice gives you a good start toward recovery. Ice will help decrease the inflammation and the pain from an acute injury.

It may be appropriate to continue to use ice but it is also safe to begin to use heat after the first couple of days for about fifteen minutes. The heat will help relax the muscles and increase blood flow which will promote healing.

Light stretching can be done to help with low back pain. Stretching will help to get the muscles to relax and it will also increase blood flow to the muscles to help them heal.

Gentle strengthening exercises for the back, the hip and the core muscles can also be very helpful to retrain those muscles to work correctly after injuries.

Learning how to move correctly and keeping your back in a good protected position is vital to prevent injuries in the future. When you move with bad mechanics, your spine tends to bend, twist and move which further irritates the inflamed issue. Correct movements with the spine can also decrease the pain because you are able to dynamically stabilize your spine in the pain free position. This is even truer for people suffering with chronic pain.

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