It’s easy to strain the back muscles. Lower back pain triggers can come in many different forms. Here are a few common back pain triggers that you may not have known about. Watch our video to learn more!
Sciatica brings about radiating pain that starts in the sciatic nerve and often shoots down through the backs of the legs. For some, it flares up from time to time and passes relatively quickly. For others, it sticks around longer than is welcome, leaving discomfort and immobility in its wake.
Before you reach for medication, consider giving these five natural remedies for sciatica a try.
For the roughly 31 million Americans currently suffering with low back pain, bedtime isn’t always something to look forward to. Lying still for hours on end can wreak havoc on preexisting back pain, leading to disrupted sleep. If sleepless nights are the norm, take heart—we’re breaking down the best (and worst) sleeping positions for back pain.
You’re feeling a bit stiff, so you twist and turn a bit and you hear and feel a pop in your back. Sometimes it makes things feel a bit better. What is back cracking and is it okay to do on your own?
Radiating pain is just what the name implies—an intense pain that spreads across a significant part of the body, leaving discomfort in its wake. This is because its start and end points actually follow the path of a nerve. Radiating pain isn’t to be confused with referred pain, which is general pain that typically pops up near an injured tissue.
Sciatica occurs in approximately one out of every 10-20 people (5-10%) in the United States suffering from low back pain (LBP). The latter condition is incredibly common, with 49-70% of Americans having experienced it during their lives.
What exactly is sciatica, though? It is chronic pain produced by damage or irritation to the sciatic nerve – which is the largest nerve within the body, starting as nerve roots within the spine of the lower back and running down through the hips and legs to the feet. When people experience sciatic pain, it generally is experienced in the area from the lower back to the thigh, possibly extending to the lower leg.
To ease sciatica pain, people often are looking for simple, at home strategies. The important thing is that you recover your quality of life as quickly as possible. To that end, here are several stretches for sciatic nerve pain relief – along with notes on exercises and other ways you can move forward to relieve your pain.
A key study came out in 2015 related to the use of Tylenol for back pain and osteoarthritis. This study, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and conducted by researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia, was significant because it used a broad pool of data – reviewing the findings of 13 previous studies on the subject.
Hey, Weekend Warriors. This warning’s for you.
Do you really need to weed the entire landscape in one day? Or spend hours at the gym – the first time in months – without even a proper warmup? Even overdoing it with the kids at the playground on Saturday can result in a Sunday marked by back pain.
A rigorous round of golf leads to back pain. A muscle is strained. Sure, there are nerves in the area, but there’s nothing wrong with them. It’s just the muscle needs time to relax. Or maybe there is nerve damage. Or injury to a facet joint in the spine.