Low back pain can happen anywhere below the ribs and above the legs. It’s easy to hurt your back when you lift, reach, or twist. In fact, almost everyone has low back pain at one time or another.
The most common causes of low back pain are –
- Injury or too much wear on muscles and joints
- Pressure on nerve roots in the spinal canal
- Arthritis caused by wear and tear on the cartilage. This can be from vibrations or repeated motion
- Spondylolisthesis: when one bone in the spine slides over another
- Spinal Stenosis: a narrowing of the spinal canal
- Spine fractures caused by a lot of force, such as car or bicycle accidents or a bad fall
How you can prevent low back pain from returning?
After you’ve had low back pain, it may return. To help avoid pain and keep your back healthy, keep these things in mind –
- Have good posture when you sit, stand or walk
- Get regular, low impact exercise. Walk, swim or bike
- Wear flat shoes with good support
- Sleep on your side rather than your stomach or back
- Don’t try to lift things that are too heavy
Did you know?
Even though you hurt, bed rest is not always best. Walking, stretching, and exercise can help you get better and may prevent future problems. Just go slow and try not to overdo it.
Want to learn more?
Most people will experience back pain during their lifetime. Learn more about your back.
Read the Quartz lower back pain brochure Take Control, Live Better.
For more resources about lower back pain, visit your Personal Wellness Portal.
Get in touch with Quartz Customer Service by sending a message.