The back is one of the most important regions of the body when it comes to considering our mobility. Almost every move we make is connected to the back and it is not uncommon for injuries to occur purely as a result of general wear and tear. However, any trauma which is experienced by the back can cause much bigger problems, some of which can be long-lasting or permanent.
The most common injuries suffered in the back are strains and sprains. Fracturing a vertebrae or experiencing a herniated disc are also common and the most frequent causes of all four of these things are automobile and sports related accidents.
When you sprain your back you have essentially stretched a ligament too far and this can be easily done if you are trying to lift a heavy object. Strains on the other hand are inflicted on the tendons and muscles and will normally be the result of a fall or some kind of forceful impact to the body. Although these two things differ in definition, the treatment for both is fairly similar. It first involves various methods of pain reduction, such as medication or an ice pack and then a period of immobility must be observed in order to rest the afflicted area.
When you fracture a vertebrae you will usually do so as a result of a serious trauma and treatment should be considered immediately due to the possibility of damage to the spine. A fractured vertebrae will normally be treated without resorting to surgery, however, this is sometimes required.
When a disc in the back ruptures it is referred to as a herniated disc. This can cause complications for the nearby nerves and can result in mild to serious back pain. The best treatment for a herniated disc is a combination of bed rest and painkillers followed by physical therapy.
As I have focused a lot on in the past few weeks, yoga is a great way to combat and prevent back pain and you can read more about that in this previous blog post. However, recent research has shown that pilates can also be a great way to keep your body and therefore your back in top shape! It can also help to reduce pain in the back. This research has shown that women who are aged fifty and older can gain particular benefits from including pilates in their exercise regime. This activity is additionally useful for improving balance which is something that those in their later years can benefit from.