Back pain: When your lower back pain could signal something far more serious

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Most lower back pain is the result of an injury, such as muscle sprains or strains due to sudden movements or poor body mechanics while lifting heavy objects. Lower back pain can also be the result of certain diseases including cancer of the spinal cord. How can you tell if your lower back pain may be something far more serious?

Spine Health said when back pain is caused by a cancerous spinal tumour, it typically:

Starts gradually and worsens over time

Does not improve with rest and may intensify at night

Flares up as a sharp or shock-like pain in the upper or lower back, which may also go into the legs, chest, or elsewhere in the body

It added: “Other signs and symptoms that could potentially indicate the origin of back pain from cancer include unplanned weight loss, nausea, fever, chills, or other troubling symptoms.”

Back pain is a major health issue in Western countries and 60 – 80 percent of adults are likely to experience lower back pain.

In a systematic review of the effects of exercise and physical activity on chronic low back pain, exercise and how it can help alleviate back pain was investigated.

The study noted: “It’s recommended for patients with back pain to remain physically active, as long periods of inactivity will adversely affect recovery.

“A variety of different types of exercise have been explored including low-to-moderate intensity aerobic exercise, high intensity aerobic exercise, core stabilisation and muscular strength exercise.”



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