Nursing Care Plan Pain Management - Back Pain Prevention Tips
Back pain is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine.

The pain can be triggered by bad posture while sitting or standing, bending awkwardly, or lifting incorrectly.

Back pain may have a sudden onset or can be a chronic pain; it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas. It may be a dull ache, or a sharp or piercing or burning sensation. The pain may radiate into the arms and hands as well as the legs or feet, and may include symptoms other than pain. These symptoms may include tingling, weakness or numbness.

Backache is most common in the lower back, although it can be felt anywhere along your spine, from your neck down to your hips. You can find information on the specific types of back pain on the following pages:
  • neck pain
  • whiplash
  • shoulder pain
  • frozen shoulder
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • slipped disc
  • sciatica

Back Pain Prevention Tips

1. Poor lifting techniques
People lift things every day; it's normal. But why do some people have back problems than the rest? Because of their lifting techniques that causes strain on the back. A solution to this is to know the right technique. A few tips - keep your back straight and bend your knees when lifting an object, don't bend your waist, move your whole body when you need to carry the object to a different area, always carry the object in armpit or knee level, and don't carry objects that are 20% heavier that your actual weight.

2. Poor posture
A very common cause of back pain. Most people suffer from back pain because they are not used to standing correctly or they are used to slouching. A recommended solution is to visit a chiropractor. Regular visits to the doctor can help you improve your posture and restore your flexibility.

3. Inattentiveness
People tend to perform activities that their bodies are not prepared for. Being inattentive can cause problems to your spine and get you out of shape. An easy solution - be mindful of everything that you do. Always keep your back straight and your body relaxed at all times.

4. Uncomfortable clothing
This is a common cause for women. Clothes that usually cause problems to the back are those that are too fit, which often restricts body movements. Women tend to be conscious about their clothing that often results to poor posture. The solution is pretty simple - just wear comfortable clothing. The style that won't restrict movements and give you the chance to stretch once in a while.