Back Pain 1

Monday, July 06, 2015

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 15 to 20 percent of the American population will experience back pain every year. In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill discusses this common occurrence and some of the risks involved. Dr. Hill:

Back pain is a common complaint. While it is usually confined to the lower back, it may extend to other areas, particularly the legs. Pain can be felt as sharp or knife-like. It can also be a burning sensation or a dull muscular ache.

Low back pain risk factors include: lifting while twisting, poor posture, poor physical fitness, weak trunk musculature, smokingwhich decreases the viscosity of the discs, pregnancy, low job satisfaction, stress or depression, arthritis, and previous back injuries.

Back pain can be prevented or reduced by adhering to proper precautions and using correct body mechanics. To prevent back pain, its a good idea to avoid overly strenuous or repetitive activity. Clinical research has confirmed that bed rest is not the best answer; current research shows that mild activity combined with proper therapeutic exercise may reduce back discomfort and result in a more rapid recovery.

Please join me this week as I take a closer look at back pain and some ways to avoid it.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.