1. What are the common causes of back pain?
Back pain may be the result of activity, injury, or some medical conditions. The most common causes of back pain are a muscle or ligament strain, a jerky, awkward movement, or repeatedly lifting heavy objects that places strain on the back muscles and ligaments. Arthritis, skeletal irregularities, osteoporosis, and ruptured or bulging disks may also cause back pain.
2. Can back pain lead to any complications?
Back pain, when left untreated for long, may result in chronic back pain that can bring several other health concerns like nerve damage, disability leading to loss of work, and weight gain. Insomnia and depression are psychological issues that chronic back pain can lead to.
3. Can yoga and relaxation help me in treating back pain?
Yoga may provide pain relief and functional improvements when practised regularly. Yoga is a mind-body therapy recommended for treating back pain as well as the stress that accompanies it. This helps release tension that you may hold in your body. Often backpain is functional due to stress, and relaxation can help ease the same.
4. Is acupuncture useful in the treatment of back pain?
Research suggests that acupuncture may help ease back pain. Studies also indicate that while acupuncture may help treat back pain, it may also encourage the patients to feel relaxed.
5. What are the conventional treatments for back pain?
For acute back pain, over-the-counter pain relievers and use of heat are often enough. Depending on the type of back pain, muscle relaxants, topical pain relievers, opioid painkillers, and injections may be suggested. Other options include physical therapy, traction, and cognitive behavioural therapy. In cases of slipped disc or a spinal tumor, surgical correction will be needed.