Low back pain (LBP) or lumbago is a common disorder, second only to cold and flu as a reason patients seek care from their family doctor. Up to 84% of adults experience low back pain at some point of time in their lives while costing the American economy alone in excess of $100 billion a year. Low Back Pain has now truly become a modern epidemic and in upward trajectory due to increased sedentary work and living.
Apart from work place productivity, back pain has a substantial impact on our lifestyle and quality of life. The spectrum of illness and morbidity associated with low back pain is broad. Given how common low back pain is, persistent symptoms affect millions of individuals.
For some, episodes of back pain are self-limited and resolved without specific therapy, but for most others, however, back pain is recurrent or in chronic condition, causing significant pain that interferes with employment and general well being.
One US survey found that 72 percent of those who sought treatment for back pain gave up on exercising or sports-related activities. Sixty percent said they were unable to perform some daily activities, and 46 percent said they suffer performance deficiencies during sex because of their back condition.
Lower Back Pain - Causes
Low back pain is a musculoskeletal disorder, however, the most common cause of localized low back pain is lumbar strain. It is pain that does not usually extend to the leg. Common causes of Low Back Pain are, obesity, physically strenuous work, sedentary lifestyle, long periods of sitting or standing in one position and poor vertebral alignment (posture).
The lumbar vertebrae are distinct from the cervical (neck area) and thoracic (upper back) vertebrae, being generally thicker for greater weight bearing support. Acute low back pain caused by lumbar strain constitute approximately 60% of sufferers.
Except for a few high-end ergonomically designed chairs and seats, most regular chairs and seats are totally devoid of critical lumbar support. Without proper support for the natural curve of lumbar vertebrae, the "slouch" position is the natural outcome while seated, causing enourmous strain on the lumbar region.
Any posture that compromises the natural curvature and muscular balance of the spine places strain and tension on the supporting muscles and ligaments weakening them.
Without proper support, the joints of the vertebrae are forced to carry weight they are not meant to carry. This leads to premature spinal degeneration and pain. Hence, continuous use of chairs and seats without adequate lumbar support increases lumbar strain and execcebate back pain.
Lower Back Pain - Prevention
Medical science confirms lumbar strain as the most common cause of acute low back pain. The reason for this can be clearly defined. Lacking adequate lumbar support while seated naturally causes our back to slouch, instead of a healthy "concave" shaped lumbar region while seated up-right. Prolonged slouching habit causes an un-natural "convex"shape of the vertebrae. We often hold ourselves in postures that make movement difficult and unnatural.
This creates, enourmous amount of stress and strain on the vertebrea and predispose us to lower back pain. Uncorrected over a prolonged period, a condition called "Kyphosis" developes. Kyphosis is the extreme curvature of the upper back also known as a hunchback.
Once at this stage the overall skeletal health is compromised where initial low back pain develops into general back and neck pain. Postural correction at this stage can be a little too late, expecially so for mature adults to older sufferers.
Back-Aid Lumbar Support provides the necessary support lacking in most chairs and seats. It helps maintain the natural curvature of the lumbar region. Sitting not only lessens blood flow to the discs that cushion your spine but it puts 30% more pressure on the spine than standing or walking. A well supported lumbar vertebrea while seated, improves and enhances good posture eliminating slouching while helping maintain an up-right position while seated. Back-Aid is indeed back care at minimal cost.