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BACK PAIN

BACK PAIN

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Published by Dean Amory
"The little book of back pain" contains information about origine, prevention and healing of back pain,gathered from the public domain internet offer.

I am not a doctor, nor a medical specialist, so please consult your GP or treating doctor before doing any of the listed exercises.

DON'T ALLOW BACK PAIN TO RULE OR LIMIT YOUR LIFE !
"The little book of back pain" contains information about origine, prevention and healing of back pain,gathered from the public domain internet offer.

I am not a doctor, nor a medical specialist, so please consult your GP or treating doctor before doing any of the listed exercises.

DON'T ALLOW BACK PAIN TO RULE OR LIMIT YOUR LIFE !

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Published by: Dean Amory on Mar 17, 2009
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THE LITTLE BOOK
OF BACK PAIN
Don\u2019t allow back pain to rule your life.
BACK PAIN
FACTS:
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80% of people will suffer from serious back pain in their lives, mostly LOWER back pain.
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Back pain is the second most common medical complaint, after the common cold.
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Back injuries cause an estimated 180 million lost days of work annually.
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Over 400,000 people in the UK receive Social Security payments for back injury.
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In the UK, 1.1 million people are disabled by back pain.
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The direct health care costs of back pain sufferers in the UK (1988) was over \u00a3 1,500 million.
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Bending and lifting is the number one cause of serious back problems.
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Depression is often a major problem for people with chronic back pain.
If you've ever suffered from chronic back pain or been off work for a week or two with acute back
pain, you are in the company of around 5 million other sufferers in the UK
annuallywho are forced to consult their GP about back pain or a related condition
What kind of conditions can cause back pain ?
Height/Weight ratio: If you are above the recommended weight for your height, losing weight can have

a significant impact on reducing the strain you place on your back muscles. Back pain most commonly affects the lower, lumbar region of the spine. This is normally due to excessive strain on the muscles, ligaments and small joints of the skeleton. Quite often overweight people are also unfit, and have poor muscle tone, which puts them at increased risk, over and above having to support a heavier load.

Remember: Putting on Weight is a Pain in the Back.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: This is an inflammatory disease which causes the synovial membrane linings in

the joints to become thickened, inflamed and to produce excess synovial fluid leading to redness,
stiffness, swelling and pain. Areas of inflammation cause bone to become worn and distorted. When
trying to deal with pain in other areas, sufferers often lose site of how distorted they have become, and
twisting awkwardly to avoid injury transfers the strain to the back, usually the lower back, with obvious
consequences.

Sciatica: Sciatica causes, sometimes mild, but more often severe pain in the buttock, and down the back

of one leg. This is the result of the sciatic nerve being compressed or damaged, usually at the vertebral
level, by a prolapsed (slipped) inter-vertebral disc, which presses on the root of the sciatic nerve where it
joins the spinal cord. There are two sciatic nerves, left and right, but usually sciatica only affects one leg
at a time. Sometimes, in serious cases, it can affect both legs.

What causes the back pain from a bulging disc?
The pain comes from two main sources:

1. The disc itself has nerves in its outer fibers. When a
disc has been injured and is bulging and swollen,
these nerves become irritated and send out pain
messages to your brain. The pain you feel is usually
deep and achey and is located in the central area of
the spine or just slightly off to one side or the other
of the spine.

2. If the bulging disc or disk herniation is large enough, the spinal nerves too will be irritated, which
causes pain running down to the buttocks, thigh, leg or foot. This is called \u201csciatica.\u201d How far down the
leg the pain travels depends on which nerves are involved.

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