Dealing with Pain.

Low back pain is an unwelcome cause of interference that affects the quality of life and even works performances.

What can be done about this painful menace?

What is the worst pain you have ever experienced? Childbirth, a kidney stone, toothache, earache, or back pain perhaps?  It is statistically proven that at some point, a large percentage of us would have experienced at least one of the last three.

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines pain as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.

It is very possible that two people may have the same pain condition, and experience living with this same pain very differently. Pain is not just a physical sensation. It is influenced by attitudes, beliefs, personality and social factors; it can also affect the emotional and mental wellbeing.

Pain can be categorized into two main groups: acute and chronic pain.

Acute pain typically lasts less than 3 months, it is usually directly related to soft tissue damage such as a sprained ankle. Chronic pain, on the other hand, is usually the result of a clearly defined cause such as an injury. This heals when the underlying cause is resolved. It can persist for weeks or months and could be caused by conditions such as arthritis.

In this article, we will be concentrating on low back pain also commonly referred to as waist pain.

Waist pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal disorders known to man, especially among the working population.  It is the most common cause of job-related disabilities and a leading contributor to lost hours and missed work days among workers around the world according to the Global Burden of Disease (2010).

In fact, low back pain(waist pain)  is the second most common reason for visits to the doctor’s office, outnumbered only by upper respiratory Infections. The lifetime prevalence of Low Back Pain (at least one episode of LBP in a lifetime) in developed countries is reported to be up to 85%.

Lower back pain can be caused by various reasons: a slipped disc, a torn/pulled muscle or ligament, although there are times where it could be caused by more severe reasons like cancer, an infection or an autoimmune disease.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS THAT THIS WAIST PAIN IS WORSE THAN YOU THINK?

The low back pain you are experiencing might not be as bad as you think, as  it could be as a result of minor causes like age, wear and tear, poor posturing, muscle strain and ligament sprain but then it could be as a result of more severe cases and thus should not be left unattended to.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THIS MENACE THAT IS WAIST PAIN?

REST: Avoid prolonged sitting, driving, bending or anything that can aggravate the pain

EXERCISE: Gentle exercises to relieve the pain and make you feel more comfortable

POSTURING:  Sit straight; you can also modify your sleeping position to avoid cramping. Also, a change of mattress might be all you need.

If pain persists over a period of time, you should consider seeing a physiotherapist.

 A physiotherapist helps people affected by injury, illness or disability through movement and exercise, manual therapy, education and advice. They maintain health for people of all ages, helping patients to manage pain and prevent disease.

 

How can a Physiotherapist help me?

Not all low back pain is the same, so the physiotherapist helps tailor your treatment to your specific symptoms and condition. Once you have been examined, the physiotherapist evaluates the result, identify the factors that have contributed to your pain and design a treatment plan for you.

Treatments may include:

  • Manual therapy, including spinal manipulation, to improve the mobility of joints and soft tissues

  • Specific strengthening and flexibility exercises

  • Education about how you can take better care of your back

  • Training on proper lifting, bending, and sitting postures; for doing chores both at work and in the home; and for proper sleeping positions

  • Use of ice or heat treatments or electrical stimulation to help relieve pain

CAN WAIST PAIN BE PREVENTED?

As experts in restoring and improving mobility and movement in people’s lives, physiotherapists play an important role not only in treating persistent or recurrent low back pain but also in preventing it and reducing your risk of having it come back.

Physiotherapists can teach you how to use the following strategies to prevent back pain:

  • The right body posturing both at work and at home, or during leisure activities.

  • The proximity of luggage to the body during lifting

  • Maintain a regular physical fitness regimen— how to stay active and thus prevent injuries.

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Every week people consult Dr Eze Nnamdi looking for answers to concerning questions about their pain and most commonly relief from their Back Pain and tightness. He treats patents daily in his clinic and he is a trusted advisor, mentor and business coach. Eze Nnamdi is the Clinic Director at Amazing Physiotherapy and Wellness center a multi therapist clinic in 2 locations with a clinical Doctorate in Physical therapy, he is licensed as a physiotherapist with Medical Rehabilitation and Therapist board of Nigeria, he graduated with a bachelors in Medical Rehabilitation from University of Nigeria Nsukka, and a Doctorate in Physical therapy from National University of Medical sciences Spain DPT program, a participating member of Pediatric specialty group of NSP, he advanced his post-graduate studies with a Master’s degree in Physiotherapy from Bayero University Kano Nigeria, he also received advanced Dry Needling and Medical Acupuncture certification from Bayero University consultancy services Kano- Nigeria.

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