Low Back Pain
What can be done to prevent the condition?
Proper lifting techniques are important to avoid a ruptured disk. These techniques can be enhanced by the use of an abdominal support belt. Other preventive measures are as follows:
regular physical activity
rest breaks to interrupt long periods of vibration, such as driving a car
smoking cessation for individuals who smoke
weight management for people who are obese
What are the long-term effects of the condition?
Low back pain is a leading cause of disability and missed work in developed countries. Those affected may be unable to perform activities they enjoy. Chronic pain can result in depression, lack of productivity, and drug abuse. If there is nerve damage, the person may have weakness, numbness, and loss of muscle mass.
What are the risks to others?
Low back pain is not contagious and poses no risk to others.