This cannot or should not be done from a medical point of view, as back pain is one of the problems with a wider impact among European citizens. Thus, it does not come as a surprise that the number of people affected in the EU is estimated at 67 million people. Back pain costs the UK about £7bn a year in sickness leave and treatment costs.
Why do I have lower back pain?
There are a wide variety of pathologies that can cause back pain at certain moments of our lives:
• Sciatica (caused by pressure or damage to the sciatic nerve)
• Stretching or tear in the muscles or ligaments in the back
• Scoliosis or kyphosis (curvature of the spine)
• Fractures of the spine caused by osteoporosis
• Muscle spasms
• Herniated disc
• Cancer or spinal fracture
• Spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal that compresses the spinal cord)
Pain could also stem from other medical problems:
– Abnormal enlargement or aneurysm in the aorta that causes leaks
– Infections of the spine
– Infection in the kidney or kidney stones
– In women, pregnancy-related problems and diseases of the reproductive organs (such as ovarian cysts or cancer)
Innovation against pain: Lumbia – a belt that improves our back problems
Fortunately, research and progress continue to be made regarding new tools to alleviate this bothersome and frequent condition and, in turn, to improve the quality of life of those with lower back pain. The Spanish company Tecnalia recently presented Lumbia, a belt that incorporates a number of sensors that alert the user when the body position is not correct by way of analyzing three muscles –the oblique, the erector and the dorsal.
Lumbia is an innovative and very practical system which is able to prevent back problems in thousands of people and which will be available in 2014.
How to treat lower back pain in the first instance?
We should go to our doctor as soon as we start to suffer symptoms of lower back pain. To begin with, and depending on the persistence and degree of pain, it is usually treated with ice, painkillers, physiotherapy and some physical exercises that help pain disappear.
Most cases of lower back pain improve within just over a month. Therefore, once the exact location of the pain is confirmed, it is unlikely that after this period in-depth medical tests or examinations will be conducted until it is observed that the pain hasn’t subsided or disappeared completely.
At Best Doctors, we consider prevention and patients’ involvement in their health essential for maintaining a good quality of life and physical condition. Our recommendation is to pay attention to your back pains, no matter how slight they are, and if you need a second opinion about your diagnosis, count on the best medical specialists in the world and our experience.