One moment, you’re casually bending over in your kitchen to pick up a dropped olive or you’re on the couch and reach for the remote when BAM! you’re hit with a terrible pain in your back that would drop you to your knees if you could flex that much.
You are now the most recent contestant in the ‘How I Threw My Back Out’ game show that no one wants to be a part of.
But what does the ominous phrase “throwing out your back” actually mean and what can you do about it?
Throwing out your back is a common expression for a sharp and sudden pain in your back that comes from an activity or movement. The activity isn’t necessarily strenuous; it can result from something as simple as a strong sneeze but unfortunately, the result is usually agonizing.
While it might feel like your back is imploding in on itself in a fiery blaze, a definite diagnosis of back pain can sometimes remain a mystery. In other instances, the root of the pain can be pinpointed to muscle spasms or spinal disc problems by your physician.
It’s almost impossible to completely prevent unexpected back pain that can strike from any minute movement. Thankfully, there are lifestyle choices that can help reduce your overall chance of chronic back problems.
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