This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Understanding And Preventing Back Pain Essay

1226 words - 5 pages

Taylor Peterson
Understanding and Preventing Back Pain
February 23, 2014
Professor Lee, Olympic College

Today could quite possibly be the day that you learn more about trying to take care of your body to help prevent yourself from future back pain or even possibly getting rid of that agonizing back pain. Back pain is one of the most common medical issues that people have, affecting most people at least once in their lifetime.
The spine consists of two main parts; the spine and the back muscles. Your spine consists of bones called vertebras which are joined together by facet joints in which each vertebra has four. Separating the vertebras are soft intervertebral discs. These discs ...view middle of the document...

Chronic back pain can occur after injuries to the discs, facet joints, or the sacroiliac joint, which is the joint where the lower back beets the pelvis.
Other causes of back pain are a ruptured disk, when a disc ruptures is put more pressure on the nerves around the vertebra which can result in back pain. Sciatica is another cause which is something that I suffer from. The sciatic nerve is the largest nerve and a branch of sacral plexus that controls the hamstrings and all the muscles of the lower extremities below the knee. (Gunnal, S., & Wabale, R., 2013) When there is added pressure on the Sciatic nerve, a sharp shooting pain travels through the buttocks and down the back of your leg causing severe leg pain, numbness, and weakness. This is caused by a bulged or herniated disc. An unusual curvature of the spine can also cause back pain for some people. An example of a condition of an unusual curvature is Scoliosis. Scoliosis is when the spine is curved to the side. In most cases back pain can be prevented by strengthening the muscles in your back, but in some cases, for instance if you were in a car accident that injured your back, physical therapy or back strengthening exercises can sometimes help to alleviate the pain.
Regularly exercising your back is the best way to prevent back pain. Back strengthening and strengthening exercised are recommended 2-3 times per week. Some exercise that will help in strengthening your back are partial sit-ups, knee to chest raises, and press ups. With a partial sit-up, you want to have your knees bent, and you slowly raise your head off the floor and hold it for ten seconds. With the knee to chest raise you would slowly pull your knees to your chest while relaxing your neck and back. You hold this for ten seconds and repeat ten times. For the press up, lie down with your hands near your shoulders and your pelvis on the floor. Press up with your arms as far as you can without pain and hold for ten seconds and repeat ten times. Another way to help prevent back pain is practicing good back techniques. Good back techniques include standing straight, sitting straight in a chair, and bending and lifting at your knees and not at the hips. Practicing these good back techniques everyday along with exercising 2-3 times per week, you are reducing your risk of getting back pain in your lifetime.
This is an important topic for me because I have suffered from chronic back pain since my sophomore year in high school 8 years ago. For me I was an athlete and I was always doing strengthening exercise and...

Other assignments on Understanding And Preventing Back Pain

Dignity And Respect Essay

1720 words - 7 pages herself in case of an emergency like calling 911. My second patient was a 74 year old female that was admitted to the medical surgical floor as a result of broken hip. She lived by herself and she loved to interact with people and the community. On her assessment she showed signs of cognitive impairment was confused to time and place and did not have a good understanding of her situation. She reported a pain level of 7 and she could not

Ending Prohibition Of Marijuana Essay

2113 words - 9 pages same thing that is holding back FDA approval is one of the biggest advantages in my opinion to the drug. It is a medicine that could not only be affordable but could help cut way down on the inflated cost of current medicines on the markets today. I know elderly people that spend upwards of around one thousand dollars or more per month on multiple medications. They take one pill for nausea, one pill for pain, and another to improve appetite. If

Busn 460 Week 3 & 4

648 words - 3 pages SWOT ANALYSIS Looking back over the past two weeks I have observed many strengths within CanGo. The following is a list of the strengths as seen in the videos; (9=urgently need to be addressed, 6=needs to be addressed, 3=should be addressed, and 1=can be addressed) • Jack was introduced to us and brought possibly a great idea to the table. (9) • CanGo has recognized a problem with shipping and is attempting to repair it. (3) • CanGo has

Is Capital Punishment Jusitified

1262 words - 6 pages guilty or wrongfully convicted. The death penalty is unjustified because it is fundamentally immoral, ineffective in preventing crime, and sometimes mistakenly used to punish innocent people.   The possibility of execution of an innocent citizen is reason enough for capital punishment to be considered an injustice. Since 1973, over 140 people in America have been wrongfully convicted and exonerated from death row due to the evidence of their

Accidents In The Home

2786 words - 12 pages Accidents in the Home The home is sometimes said to be the safest place and so if in danger most persons would first go there but over the years it can be seen that a large percentage of accidents happen in the home. These accidents happen due to certain factors such as lack of attention, awareness or parental guidance, disobedience to certain rules as well as a lack of understanding of certain things. These accidents can however be


1090 words - 5 pages started giving me morphine for my pain. Morphine is supposed to kill pain but not this time. I went through enough morphine shots were they told me they didn’t have nothing else for me to kill the pain and that they couldn’t give me nothing else because they already given me a lot of morphine. The morphine went through my body like water it felt so good but once it wore off again it was back to screaming, yelling and crying in front of my mother


540 words - 3 pages creates a problem in the communities for rehabilitating drug addicts, and other criminals with physical or mental disorders. When there is no rehabilitation, the criminals will continue to commit the same crimes and end up being back in jail and living the same cycle. There is no standard required for training officers, or what their highest level of education must be. In turn, local agencies are left to recruit the people they feel are most

Sleep Deprivation

1175 words - 5 pages arousals, exacerbations of gastrointestinal problems, and lowers threshold. This is because the stress system is activated by this sleep situation and neuro-hormonal stress act in response and alters the immune system, which then effects the cognitive and limbic systems (Chan, 2008). Strain is put on nurses who are sleep deprived from rotating shifts. Indications of sleep deprivation include headaches, gastric pain, neck and back pain

How Does Language Reflect Who I Am?

686 words - 3 pages else perceives, and then there’s the side that only I know of. A language barrier that allowed me to say only minimal things to my friends in German, that prevented them from seeing the side that I know of, and also meaning that I would only be able to see the sides of other people that I could understand. But also preventing me from understanding their identity, and only understanding it as far as my vocabulary reached. However, there is a whole

Sickle Cell Anemia

1026 words - 5 pages deprivation can even cause death, depending on the tissue affected, and many victims of sickle cell anemia have a shorter lifespan than people with normal blood cells. Although sickle cell anemia as many symptoms, the most common sign of the disease is severe pain. The pain can be anywhere in the body but is often present in the back and stomach and occurs in episodes. These episodes are called sickling crises. To people who aren’t familiar


6732 words - 27 pages asthma d) Dealing with HIV and AIDS e) The impact of chronic disease Unit 3. Understanding Pain; Managing Stress and Pain a) Pain and the nervous system, the meaning and measurement of pain, Pain Syndromes, Preventing pain b) Medical treatment for stress and pain, Alternative and complementary medicine, Behavioral techniques for managing stress and pain Unit 4. Using alcohol and other drugs a) Alcohol consumption yesterday and today; The effects of

Similar Documents

Vitamin C Essay

934 words - 4 pages , preventing cataracts, preventing gallbladder disease, dental cavities (caries), constipation, Lyme disease, boosting the immune system, heat stroke, hay fever, asthma, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, infertility, diabetes, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), autism, collagen disorders, arthritis and bursitis, back pain and disc swelling, cancer, and osteoporosis. Additional uses include improving physical endurance and slowing aging, as well as

John Essay

394 words - 2 pages spread to the chest from the neck, abdomen, and back. Common Causes Heart problems that can cause chest pain: * Angina or a heart attack is pain that occurs because your heart is not getting enough blood and oxygen. The most common symptom is chest pain that may feel like tightness, heavy pressure, squeezing, or crushing pain. The pain may spread to the arm, shoulder, jaw, or back. * A tear in the wall of the aorta, the large blood

Vicarious Trauma On Mental Health Counselors

632 words - 3 pages ; Saakvitne, K. W. (1995a). Trauma and the therapist: Countertransference and vicarious traumatization in psychotherapy with incest survivors. New York: Norton. Saakvitne, K. W., & Pearlman, L. A. (1996). Transforming the pain: A workbook on vicarious traumatization. New York: Norton. Satcher, D., Friel, S., & Bell, R. (2007). Natural and manmade disasters and mental health. JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association, 298(21), 2540-2542. Trippany, R. L., White Cress, V. E., & Wilcoxon, S. A. (2004). Preventing vicarious trauma: What counselors should know when working with trauma survivors. Journal of Counseling & Development, 82, 31-37.

Variation Of Pain Essay

464 words - 2 pages be a psychological reason, such as anxiety of the belief that the pain will take over their life and or maybe they are sick or got mental health problems. For example, a 77year old woman with chronic tissue damage in her lower back whose pain has recently spread to her legs and has resulted in her mobility being restricted is now being worried about how long she will be able to do so. Also, Gate control theory why there are such varied in a