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Back Health

  •  General information
    At the onset of back pain, when it is acute, and for the first 4 weeks, you should try to avoid the following activities for any extended period of time. Moderate or limited activity can be appropriate but should be discontinued if it causes pain.
  • activities against resistance (e.g., lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling)
    repeated activities (e.g., repetitive upper body motions, walking long distances, operating foot controls, body rotation)
    continuous work positioning (e.g., sitting, standing, fixed position of body or head)
    low level activities (e.g., crouching, bending, squatting, kneeling)
    prolonged or total bed rest
  • Low Back Pain
  • The Facts
  • Low back pain is one of the most common reasons for visiting the family doctor. Between 60% and 80% of North Americans will experience low back pain at some time in their lives. Back pain is estimated to cost between $25 billion to $50 billion US annually. In Canada, back injuries account for 44% of work-related injuries that require time away from work.
  • Causes
  • There are many diseases and injuries that can cause back pain. If back pain comes on suddenly, it's usually a sign of a muscle tear, sprained ligament, or ruptured disc. The spine contains intervertebral discs, a kind of cushion made of cartilage that fits between two vertebrae (bone segments). A slipped disc occurs when pressure on a disc causes it to bulge or rupture, pushing cartilage sideways. The cartilage presses on the spinal cord nerves, causing intense pain.
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