Low Back Pain

Friday, February 26, 2010

Anyone who has suffered the agonizing experience of low back pain knows the impact it can have on a persons quality of life. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about low back pain in the 60 Second Housecall.

Low back pain is a very common problem, because the lower back carries most of your weight. Four out of five adults have back pain at some time in their life.

The most common causes of low back pain are:

Muscle strains and spasms from improper or excess lifting or twisting.

Osteoarthritisas you age, the cushioning discs between the bones in your spine become dry and hard, and the spine stiffens, leading to pain and discomfort.

Sciaticacompression of a nerve and inflammation of a nerve cause pain to travel from your back down into a leg.

Most of the time back pain gets better in two to four weeks with the aid of over-the-counter pain relievers and ice and heat therapy.

A gentle return to normal activities is encouraged. Strict bed rest doesnt help and can actually slow the healing process.

If you have back pain plus fever, severe pain, weakness in your legs and bladder or bowel problems, you should call your doctor:

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