Look for a diagnosisBack pain is so common that you might not associate it with a disease. Certain 'danger signs' associated with your back pain require you to pay a visit to your doctor!
- If you are older than 50 years or younger than 20 years
- Has fever with back pain
- Constant pain
- Weight loss
- Pain following an accident or assault
- Sensory loss or weakness of legs
- History of cancer
- Back pain lasting for more than a month
Finding the root cause of your back pain can help you control your pain with proper treatment.
Support your lower backInadequate support to your lower back can bend it. Long term lack of back support and wrong posture can result in back pain.
- Change your mattress if it is more than 7 years old.
- Check for sagging on the mattress.
- If you are a side-sleeper, keep a pillow between your knees.
- If you sleep on your back keep a place a pillow under your knees.
- Sleeping on your stomach worsens back pain. If you must, then tuck a pillow under your belly.
Take good care of your back
- Maintaining good posture while sitting, working and lifting heavy objects will prevent damage to your spine and back muscles.
- Take adequate rest, when you have a mild backache.
- Massage your back to improve blood circulation
Practise good sleep hygiene
Good sleep habits will help fall asleep faster even when you have back pain. Taking a hot shower before going to bed helps you relax and softens your backache.
Sleeping pills may not help you sleep if your back pain is severe. Always discuss with your doctor before taking sleeping pills when you have a back pain.