About 31 million Americans are suffering from lower back pain at any given time, and the number isn’t about to significantly go down soon. It is also the single leading cause of disability not just throughout the U.S., but worldwide, according to data from the 2010 Global Burden of Disease.
The root cause for lower back pain among Bergen County residents and people from elsewhere in the world can be traced to a single region of bones in the backbone—the lumbar spine. Made up of five separate lumbar vertebrae, the lumbar spine’s main purpose is to support and bear the combined weight of the torso and the head. It’s characterized by a distinct, natural inward arch.
However, the primary job of the lumbar spine (to bear the weight of the torso and head) makes it a hotbed for bodily pain, especially when aggravated by untoward circumstances like overexertion and deliberate or accidental trauma. Nonetheless, an expert proposes a single, simple countermeasure. Speaking to the expert, Josh Cable of EHS Today writes:
According to Tadhg O’Gara, M.D., an pedic surgeon at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., the best way to prevent lower-back pain is to remember this simple mantra: “Arch is good, flat is bad.”
“The key to avoiding lower-back pain is keeping pressure off your lower lumbar discs,” O’Gara says. “That means keeping an arch to your lower back.”
That arch, however, should never be overdone. An overarching of the lower back leads to a condition called hyperlordosis, or exaggeration of the lower back curve. Hyperlordosis is another catalyst for lower back pain, and another condition called “protruding gut” which is well-known among lifters.
So how can the aforementioned condition be prevented? By maintaining good posture, of course. Bad posture leads to back pain because of a simple premise: it doesn’t provide adequate back support, so the back muscles are forced to hold up the spine under stress. By keeping the lower back’s characteristic arch in place, it easily fulfills its job of holding up the head and torso’s weight. Aside from back pain itself, poor posture also contributes to direct anatomical changes in the spine, which spell more trouble in the long run.
Still, if you find yourself continuously wincing in pain and unable to take no more, you can visit a local Ridgewood, NJ back pain relief treatment center such as MedWell Spine, OsteoArthritis & Neuropathy Center and seek urgent medical attention.
(Source: Here’s a Tip that Can Help You Avoid Chronic Lower-Back Pain, EHS Today, October 6, 2014)