I seem to start most pages with something along the lines of “this is another aspectof being +50 which is not so good” which makes out it’s all bad but it’s not. Back Ache, back pain and associated back conditions do not need to rule our lives. It doesn’t have to be all bad there are many back ache and back pain problems which we may or may not suffer from or are going to potentially suffer from which we can do something about. The main consideration to take on board is that the fitter we are the stronger our backs will be, and that is the bottom line.
Ageing really is primarily a matter for the mind we are as young as we feel, unfortunately sometimes our bodies begin to feel older than our minds tell us we are! As the spine ages, the shock absorbing discs that once were so soft and spongy become that little bit dryer and possibly fibrosed; the discs are not always able to take the same levels of activities as when younger. This disc degeneration is normal it happens gradually and at a different rate with all of us, and it is dependent on the levels of activity that you have been used to doing.
Early signs of the ageing spine may be back ache, stiffness and difficulty with bending or twisting. The floor somehow seems to have moved and become much more difficult to reach. This then leads onto discomfort when remaining in the same position for any great length of time; that is then accompanied by low back pain and difficulty getting in and out of chairs. It doesn’t sound like much fun, but with gentle regular exercises it can be less of a problem.
Back pain, back ache , back discomfort can all be caused by a variety of differing reasons from something as simple as a sneeze to a serious fall. Basically it will be due to injury, genetic (something you are born with), disease or the ageing process.
If you need to seek treatment for your back ache you need to remember you are in partnership with which ever professional is helping you, and it is down to you to do the majority of the work.
The cold hard truth is that there is no miracle cure and no magic wand solution despite what some websites may claim. Your own resolve is what will ultimately improve your life style, and you may have to try many different treatments or combinations to find the right one for you. Keeping mobile when you suffer from back pain can seem like a contradiction of terms but gentle exercise can work magic.
Be Persistent and Consistent
I have to own up to the fact that I went along after a two year wait to see a physiotherapist and once there did the exercises for a while started feeling better and then stopped the exercises – the sciatica has returned! Does that sound familiar? Apparently over 50% of all people treated by the physiotherapist do not do the exercises they have been given to practise.
Back ache and associated back problems can take from a couple of weeks to months to see any real improvement and others unfortunately are with you for life. However, some minor sprains and injuries can make rapid improvement within a few days to a couple of weeks if treated correctly.
Contrary to popular belief lying in bed waiting for a cure is not the answer -