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Coping with Low Back Pain

I came across an article entitled Understanding and Coping With Low Back Pain by someone simply listed as “Shaun.”  According to the article an estimated 26 million Americans deal with frequent or chronic low back pain.

There are many different conditions that can cause low back pain.  Some of these things include normal wear and tear due to aging, injuries or trauma, or sometimes something as simple as incorrectly lifting a heavy object, like putting a heavy suitcase into the trunk of a car.  Low back pain can also be a sign of a problem such as arthritis, osteoporosis, or a herniated disc.

Lower back pain is not a condition that should be ignored. It is important to seek medical attention to find out the cause(s) and possible treatment(s) for your low back pain.

Almost everyone experiences low back pain at some point.  The important thing to do is to make sure sure the problem doesn’t become chronic or reoccurring.

According to the article, here are some things that your health care provider may suggest to help ease your low back pain:  (You can read the details about each by clicking on the above link.)

Rest – But only for a short time.

Medication – This would be based on the type of pain and your medical history.

Exercise – Exercises that strengthen your back and abdominal muscles (core muscles) are helpful.

Massage Therapy – This can be used as part of a comprehensive plan and can be combined with physical therapy, acupuncture and medication.

Many people seek relief from their lower back pain by choosing a more comfortable mattress.  Although not cure-all for a back injury, a comfortable mattress can help relieve low back pain and even eliminate it if your mattress was the cause of your pain to begin with.  Two mattress that you should check out are an air bed and a 100% natural latex mattress.

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