Back Pain

Monday, July 04, 2011

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 will discuss this common occurrence and some of the risk factors involved.

Dr. Hill:

Back pain is usually confined to the lower back, but 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.

Tomorrow join me as I discuss some of the more common causes of back pain.

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