Lower Back Pain - The Impact and Causes

Do you suffer from Lower Back Pain? It is estimated that 80% of people WILL suffer pain in the lower back area in their life; making back pain one of the most common reasons for long-term sickness in the UK. Back pain can range from acute pain, that will occur suddenly and last for three weeks or less, or chronic pain, which is pain that lasts longer than three months. Back pain is most common in the lower back (lumbar region) and can result from any activity that involves twisting, bending or heavy lifting.

Impact of Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is increasingly common for Golfers, Gardeners, Manual Labourers and Horse Riders. It is estimated that around 53% of Golfers suffer from Golfers back pain whilst 52% of Gardeners will suffer pain in the lower back area. Today, back pain is also the number 2 reason for long term sickness in much of the UK, second only to the common cold.

Causes of Lower Back Pain

There are many different causes of lower back pain. See the article on Back Pain Sufferers for further information. Lower Back Pain in Sports Low back pain is common in a number of sports including Golf, Horse Riding, Cricket, and Rugby. This is the result of constant twisting and turning motions that put immense pressure on the lower back.

Lower Back Pain from Lifting

Back pain is also common in activities that involve heavy lifting. Low back pain is the number one cause of long-term sickness in manual labour positions. Gardeners and weight lifters are also prone to lower back pain from lifting Back Pain from Repetitive Motion Back pain can also result from repetitive motion such as prolonged standing or sitting at a desk.

Treatment for Low Back Pain

Actesso Medical Supports offers a variety of Lower Back Supports designed to alleviate pain in the lower back area, increase mobility and provide posture support for active people. Current clinical research has shown that a low back brace can reduce pain, improve functional status, and reduce the need for medication (Calmels, 2009). A back support offers pain relief and prevention against further injury. It is also advised to speak to a doctor about your low back pain as they may recommend a course of medication or a series of exercises which you can do that will strengthen the muscles in your lower back. It is always advisable to see a medical expert to identify the cause of your back pain or to get advice about any exercises you can do to strengthen your lower back.