• Kylie Siu

Lower Back Pain: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention

Updated: Jul 24

Ever experienced a sharp pain in your back when making a sudden move, or when sitting too long whilst working at your desk? Back pain is more common than you think! While there can be many causes for lower back pain, it is important for us to understand what we can do to reduce the pain and prevent it from happening in the future.

What is lower back pain?

Lower back pain (LBP) is defined as a "pain in the area on the posterior aspect of the body from the lower margin of the twelfth ribs to the lower gluteal folds, with or without pain referred into one or both lower limbs that lasts for at least one day."


Simply put, as long as you've experienced discomfort or pain in your lower back, you've experienced lower back pain.


What are some causes of lower back pain?

There are a number of factors that could cause lower back pain, some as a result of our lifestyle, and some as a result of accident. People with sedentary life style, poor physical activity, Obesity, Smoking and drinking, pregnant women are at a higher risk of developing back pain.


5 ways to avoid lower back pain:

For acute conditions in which back pain is short-term and lasts a few days to a few weeks, you may be able to make changes to your lifestyle to help to alleviate and avoid lower back pain.


1) Examine your work environment to uncover what may be aggravating your back.

2) Move around from time to time!

3) Take breaks between work for a short walk.

4) Temporarily avoid positions that aggravate your back pain.

5) Do more exercises to strengthen the core and lower back.


Should you need guidance in exercises, or if your lower back pain symptoms continue to persist contact our team of physiotherapists who will help prescribe you with the rehabilitation plan to move better, feel better, and thrive!


To find out more, read the full article that we co-wrote on the FEM Surgery page here:

Lower Back Pain: Causes, Treatment, and Prevention




Written by:










Dr Ng Zhi Xu

Fem Surgery, Neurosurgeon











Kylie Siu

Thrive Healthcare, Physiotherapist




Sources:

FEM Surgery, US Department of Health , International Association for the Study of Pain (IASB)

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