- Poor posture: Bad posture, such as slouching or hunching over a desk, can strain the muscles and ligaments in the lower back. Maintaining proper posture while sitting, standing, and lifting can help prevent back pain. Use ergonomic chairs and ensure your workstation is set up correctly.
- Muscle strains and sprains: Overexertion, lifting heavy objects incorrectly, or sudden movements can strain or sprain the muscles and ligaments in the lower back. Practice proper lifting techniques, avoid lifting objects that are too heavy for you, and warm up before engaging in physical activities.
- Sedentary lifestyle: Prolonged sitting or inactivity can weaken the muscles that support the lower back and lead to pain. Engage in regular exercise and incorporate activities that strengthen the core muscles, such as yoga, swimming, or walking.
- Obesity: Excess weight puts additional strain on the lower back. Maintaining a healthy weight through a balanced diet and regular exercise can reduce the risk of lower back pain.
- Herniated or bulging discs: The discs between the vertebrae in the spine can bulge or herniate, pressing on nerves and causing lower back pain. Avoid excessive bending, twisting, or heavy lifting, and practice exercises that strengthen the core muscles and improve flexibility.
- Arthritis and spinal conditions: Conditions like osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis, or degenerative disc disease can cause lower back pain. Regular exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and following prescribed treatments or therapies can help manage these conditions and minimize pain.
- Stress and psychological factors: Emotional stress and psychological factors can contribute to lower back pain or exacerbate existing pain. Practice stress management techniques, such as meditation, deep breathing e xercises, or seeking support from a therapist.
- Lack of proper sleep: Poor sleep quality or insufficient sleep can contribute to lower back pain. Invest in a supportive mattress and pillow, maintain a comfortable sleep environment, and practice good sleep hygiene.
- Smoking: Smoking can impair blood flow to the spine and prevent the healing of damaged tissues, increasing the risk of lower back pain. Quitting smoking can have numerous health benefits, including reducing the risk of back pain.
- Pre-existing conditions: Some medical conditions, such as scoliosis, kidney stones, or endometriosis, can cause lower back pain. If you have any underlying conditions, work with your healthcare provider to manage them effectively and minimize the associated pain
Lower Back Pain
Facing Lower Back Pain? Read below to find out more on what you can do.
Lower back pain can have various causes, and understanding them can help in preventing or minimizing the risk of developing this condition. Here are some common causes of lower back pain and preventive measures you can take:
It’s important to note that if you’re experiencing severe or persistent lower back pain, it’s advisable to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.
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Lower Back Pain
Dr Ananda Vella
Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon
MBBS (Singapore), MRCS (Edin), MMed (Ortho), FRCSEd (Orthopaedics & Trauma)