If you are a tobacco smoker, you may wonder how such a habit can cause or increase pain in the back. After all, the most common causes of back pain that we hear about the most have to do with strenuous activity, over-exercising, or a predisposed condition. Having a cigarette doesn’t seem to have any connection with putting strain on the back, so what’s the science behind this… and is there any truth to it?
The upper back (comprised of the 12 vertebrae in the middle of the spine) allows you to stand upright and protects the organs in your chest. Upper back injuries and problems are less common than lower back problems are, but they can be just as serious and painful. If you’re one of the unfortunate people who experiences upper back pain, read on to learn more.
One of the most common complaints and injuries experienced by both amateur and professional golfers is lower back pain. In order to repeatedly bend and twist to hit the ball, the body must generate a lot of torque and this is incredibly stressful to your spine and lower back. It’s just not a natural movement for the body. Unfortunately, many golfers also have weak back and abdominal muscles with tight hips, which can add to the body’s discomfort.
The last few months of the year always seem to be the busiest. From traveling and shopping to decorating and dealing with changing weather, there are many different opportunities for you to hurt yourself if you’re not careful. Be especially careful of lifting heavy objects alone such as suitcases, large gifts or boxes of decorations. It’s always seems easier to just heft it by yourself, but you only increase the chance of seriously injuring yourself if you do not take proper precautions.
Everyone experiences lower back pain from time to time whether it’s dull, stabbing or shooting pain. Even if you don’t remember doing something to jar your back you should see a doctor if your lower back pain lasts for more than 3 days (72 hours) or if your back pain is accompanied by tingling, numbness or shooting pain in the leg. It could be a herniated lumbar disc, sometimes called a bulging disc, that is causing the back pain and/or sciatica nerve pain in the legs. Typically this will only feel better with treatment.