Avoid Sudden, Acute Back Pain with These Tips!

Juggling the demands of everyday life is causing Americans to live fast-paced lifestyles. In turn, acute back pain is on the rise because of the pressure and stress we place on ourselves. When stressed, the muscles in your body tense up. As tension builds, activities like twisting quickly out of the car to run in late to work or trying to carry heavier loads to get the job done in one trip can lead to severe, acute back pain.

Acute back pain typically lasts a few days or weeks, arrives unexpectedly and can cause serious discomfort in the lower back. There are many activities or habits we do every day that can strain or sprain the lower back muscles, joints, ligaments, and discs, that lead to acute back pain. Avoid unexpected back pain that can take you out of the game, or work, for weeks by being aware of what causes acute back pain:

  • Work Injuries
    No matter if you stand or sit all day at work, doing the same thing every day can cause pain. Acute pain can come when you’ve put too much strain on your back for too long. Take a stretch break daily, watch your posture, and avoid injury by being mindful of your surroundings at work.
  • Car Accidents
    Acute back pain is common when involved in fender benders or more serious car accidents. The body jolts upon impact, causing strains, sprains, or more serious injuries. Always wear your seat belt, use proper posture with your head at the headrest and your back aligned straight, and drive safely.
  • Sports Injuries
    Your favorite pastime could be the cause of your sudden back pain! Sports that involve repetitive motions involving the lower back, such as golf, baseball, rowing, and tennis, can cause acute injuries. Trying new sports can also cause severe sudden back pain. Make sure leading up to and during sports seasons, you perform core strengthening exercises daily. Also, make sure to learn and practice proper posture.
  • Heavy Lifting
    Whether it’s a packed cooler for the beach, items at work, or a child on your hip, lifting objects without proper posture can cause unnecessary strain. Take your time when lifting and lift properly by using your legs, keeping your back straight, and not twisting.
  • Falls
    Falls happen abruptly and can cause pressure on your spinal column. Stay balanced by watching where you are walking, holding on to handrails, and being mindful of tripping hazards.
  • Posture
    Sit up straight! You were told this as a child, but it’s true today. Proper posture when sitting, or standing, and even while sleeping is vital to avoiding acute back pain.

Minimize the risk of acute back pain by understanding what activities put unnecessary strain or sprains on the back. If you are suffering from sudden back pain, find out when you should seek medical attention.

It’s time to get a handle on your spine health and live free of pain! However, always check with your physician to see if these tips are safe to follow based on your health history.

If you have back pain or back problems, make an appointment with one of First State Spine’s specialists.