What is Lower Back Pain?
Common Symptoms of Lower Back Problems
Specifically identifying and describing symptoms can help lead to a more accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan.
Low back pain is typically characterized by a combination of the following symptoms:
- Dull, aching pain.
- Pain that travels to the buttocks, legs, and feet.
- Pain that is worse after prolonged sitting.
- Pain that feels better when changing positions.
- Pain that is worse after waking up and better after moving around.
How to prevent lower back pain?
One of the best ways to prevent back pain is to keep your back muscles strong. Follow these steps to help protect your back and prevent back pain:
- Do back-strengthening and stretching exercises at least 2 days a week.
- Stand and sit up straight.
- Avoid heavy lifting. If you do lift something heavy, bend your knees and keep your back straight. This way, your leg muscles will do most of the work.
- Get active and eat a balanced diet. Being overweight can strain your back. Getting active and heating healthy can help you stay at a healthy weight.