Low Back Pain

Back pain is a very common complaint with millions of people suffering. Most of us simply put up with back pain. The most common form of back pain is low back pain or lumbar-sacral pain, presented as a dull ache and tiredness in the lower back, especially after standing or sitting for a long period of time. 

What Causes Low Back Pain?

There are many different causes of back pain, however the main cause is simply poor body posture. Poor posture when sitting in front of a computer or watching TV on the sofa are very, very common. Also, many of us have poor posture when standing upright, gradually worsening over longer periods of standing. Most people are not aware of their poor body posture, so correcting it is not that easy.

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Lower Back Pain Causes and Treatment

Back pain is a very common complaint with millions of people. Lower back pain is the most common area to experience an injury or a concern. Most of us simply put up with back pain. The most common form of back pain is low back pain or lumbar-sacral pain. Lower back pain causes tiredness in the area, especially after standing or sitting for a long period of time. As the back is so integral to all movements, it can cause tiredness and fatigue in other areas, including the limbs and neck. Lower back pain can hugely impact your ability to go about day to day life as movement can become painful and heavily restricted.

The majority of lower back complaints are caused by strain and repetitive or stress injury. These do tend to be the more minor injuries that can often be combatted by at-home treatments and supports.

 

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What Causes Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain causes vary, but the prime source is poor body posture. This is a particularly frequent cause of lower back pain in those that work on their feet or carry heavy items without the proper support or technique. Poor posture can also come from sitting in front of a computer or when living your life at home. More and more of us are spending all day looking at a screen, which is causing lower back pain to become even more common. Poor posture should be treated like a strain or injury that has been acquired over time. This is because it worsens over time and most people are unaware of their poor posture or what they are doing to their body.

Bad body posture that causes lower back pain can often be attributed to foot problems. The foot can roll inwards and over-pronate. This affects more than half of the population and can lead to other foot complaints and concerns, including ball of foot pain. An over-pronounced arch will change how the whole body is balanced on the floor. Over-pronation causes the legs to rotate inwards and the pelvis to tilt forward. The result is increased spinal curvature and continuous tension on the muscles in the lower back causing pain and discomfort. Therefore, most people who suffer from low back pain, especially after standing for longer periods, or walking long distances, should consider their lower back pain cause as their feet.

Other less common lower back pain causes include:

  • Pregnancy
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Specific injuries – lower back pain causes can also include accidents that induce bulging or ruptured disks.

Many lower back pain causes are temporary conditions that naturally recover over time. For more severe or acute back pain, you should consult your doctor. Lower back pain treatments are designed to be preventative and reduce the risk of a flare-up or a re-occurrence.

Can Back Issues Cause Plantar Fasciitis?

Lower back pain is likely to be caused by foot concerns, including in the plantar fascia, but it can also work the other way around. This is because to prevent pain caused by the feet, we alter how we walk to avoid putting pressure or weight on the injured area.

Treatment For Lower Back Pain Caused By Your Feet

Lower back pain caused by poor posture is hard to correct or treat. Lower back pain treatment starts by supporting your feet to prevent over-pronounced or rolled arches and pain that we have to over-compensate for. FootActive orthotic insoles are designed to support the foot, particularly the arches. This will reduce pain throughout the foot and the lower back.

Lower back pain treatments can be administered at home with simple methods that reduce inflammation. This is a pain relief rather than a preventative measure; it is best to integrate both types of lower back pain treatment. To relieve back pain, you can rest and rotate heat and ice packs or use anti-inflammatory creams and natural remedies.

If pain gets too severe, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible. For more information on how to prevent lower back pain with insoles, get in touch with our team of foot experts, today!

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