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cape Gazette HEALTH & FITNESS TUESDAY, MAY 20- THURSDAY, MAY 22, 2014 21 Back pain affects eight out of lO people Q. How common is back pain? ack pain affects about eight out of 10 people. Back pain becomes more common with age. Back pain is more common among people who are not physically fit. Weak back and abdominal muscles may not properly support the spine. If you're sedentary most of the time and then exert yourself on rare occasions, you are more likely to iniure your back than someone who exercises daily. If you're carrying a big belly, you put added stress on the muscles in your lower back and are a candidate for agony. Your iob Can be a major influ- ence on back health. If your work requires heavy lifting or sitting all day, you risk hurt- ing your back. Many sanitation workers and writers suffer from back troubles. Mechanical problems can cause back pain. Perhaps the most common mechani- cal cause of back pain is disc degeneration. The cushioning discs between the vertebrae of the spine break down with age. If there is stress on these compromised discs, they press against spinal nerves and you may experience what feels like a toothache in a buttock. At almost any age, an injury can force these discs to bulge or rupture, causing the same kind of pain. Q. Do you have any tips for avoiding back pain? A program of regular low- impact exercise such as walk- ing, swimming, or riding a bike - mobile or stationary - will be beneficial. Yoga can also help stretch and strengthen muscles and improve posture. Ask your doctor for a list of exercises appropriate for your age and physical condition. Nurse Continued from page 18 a hundredfold. It's such a good feeling. Last night I spent half a shift with one family and a good portion of it with another patient who was by himself. We just talked and shared stories, and when I got home I thought, this job is so rewarding, it's a wonder I get paid for it too!" Molina concluded, "I feel so honored to be a Delaware Hospice nurse and to be entrusted with the care of these precious souls at this special time in their lives." Here are some quick pointers to prevent back problems: Don't slouch when standing or sitting, When standing, keep your weight balanced on your feet. Curvature of the spine puts stress on back muscles. Sit in chairs or car seats with good lumbar support. Switch sitting positions often and periodically walk around or gently stretch muscles to relieve tension. Don't bend over without supporting your back. For example, don't lean over a low sink without bracing yourself with your hand. Also, don't reach and lift an object out of a car trunk; first slide the object to the edge of the trunk. , Wear comfortable, 10W" heeled shoes. Sleep on your side to reduce any curve in your spine. Always sleep on a firm surface. Don't try to lift objects too heavy for you. Lift with your legs, keeping your back straight. Keep the object close to your body. Do not twist when lifting. Try to control your weight, especially weight around the waistline that taxes lower back muscles. Q. Are there some non-surgical treatments for chronic back pain? Hot or cold packs can be soothing. , Medications are used to treat chronic back pain. These include over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen, prescription narcotics such as oxycodone, topical analgesics such as Ben Gay, muscle relaxants, and cer- tain antidepressants. Traction, which employs pulleys and weights to stretch the back, pulls the vertebrae apart to allow a bulging disc to slip back into place. Iniections into nerves, spinal Open Heart Surgery at Beebe Healthcare Return to the life you love Our Cardiac Services offer emergency care for heart attack, interventional procedures for the heart, treatment for electrical disorders and open heart surgery when necessary. For details, visit or call (302) 645-3300. joints or specific areas of pain. Spinal manipulation refers to procedures in which pro- fessionals use their hands to treat the spine or surrounding tissues. Transcutaneous electri- cal nerve stimulation involves wearing a small box over the painful area that directs mild electrical impulses to nerves there. Acupuncture, which involves the insertion of thin needles at precise locations, is used to relieve pain. In acupressure, no needles are used. Instead, a therapist applies pressure to points with hands, elbows, or even feet. If you would like to ask a question, write to fred@healthygeezer.cor n. 00Beebe Cardiac & Vascular Services Lewes, Delaware. beebehealthcare.0rg |J