Chinese medicine practitioners pointed out that muscle sprains are a common cause of low back pain. Acupuncture and moxibustion combined with medicine, as well as self-care at home, can effectively improve the symptoms; the picture shows the situation.

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[Health Channel/Comprehensive Report] Sitting at work for a long time, carrying heavy objects, cooking, cleaning, taking care of the baby and carrying heavy loads at home, as a result, the back hurts when you bend over. Could it be a bone spur?

Chen Yimin, a physician at Yang Ming Ma Kuang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic, pointed out that "herniated intervertebral disc" is one of the causes of low back pain, but in fact "muscle sprain" is the most common cause of low back pain. Self-care, including: choosing suitable pillows and mattresses, adjusting sleeping posture, lifting heavy objects with knees bent and back straight, sitting with knees slightly higher than hips, eating less cold food, etc., can effectively improve symptoms.

Lower back pain is mostly caused by muscle sprains

Chen Yimin said that low back pain is most common among people aged 45 to 60, and it occurs most frequently in workers who sit, stand for a long time, smoke, are obese, and lift heavy objects.

The pain may be limited to the lower back, or may extend to the buttocks and legs. In severe cases, it may even be difficult to turn over and get out of bed.

If the cause is related to joints, muscles, and bones, it is called "mechanical low back pain", which includes muscle sprains, degeneration of intervertebral discs, herniated intervertebral discs, compression fractures caused by osteoporosis, spinal stenosis, and spondylolisthesis.

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Chen Yimin pointed out that Western medicine often uses anti-inflammatory drugs and muscle relaxants in combination, or chooses rehabilitation, surgery and other treatment methods according to the condition.

Traditional Chinese medicine treats acute mechanical low back pain. After acupuncture and moxibustion, it can be combined with medicine to achieve good results. The commonly selected acupoints are Dachangshu, Yaoyangguan, Shenshu, etc., which are combined with nourishing liver and kidney, removing blood stasis, and relaxing smooth

muscle

. traditional Chinese medicine to enhance the curative effect.

If you have a recent history of trauma, sudden weight loss within six months, fever, osteoporosis, steroid use, etc. for low back pain, you need to go to the hospital for a careful examination; the picture shows the situation.

(The picture is taken from photoAC)

Red flag signs need to be checked in detail

However, Chen Yimin reminded that general low back pain treatment has good results, but if there is a red flag (red flag), it may be pathological and vascular lesions, and you need to go to the hospital for detailed examination, including: recent trauma history, six months Sudden weight loss, fever, osteoporosis, steroid use, etc.; red flag signs that may be related to infection, immune disease, or cancer.

8 Dos and Don'ts for Self-Care at Home

In addition to acupuncture and medication, it is also important for patients to take care of themselves after returning home. Chen Yimin said that there are 8 major points for attention:

1. The fixed action should not exceed 30 minutes.


2. Choose soft and hard pillows and mattresses.


3. Reduce heavy lifting during treatment.


4. To move objects close to the body, first bend the knees and keep the back straight, and then use the thighs to stand up.


5. The usual sitting posture should be such that the knees are slightly higher than the hips.


6. Put a pillow under your knees when you lie on your back, or between your knees when you lie on your side.


7. Hot compress or hot bath can help relieve pain, but the temperature should not be too high.


8. Eat less cold food, such as ice products, melons, white radish, mung beans, etc.

Chen Yimin also reminded that low back pain is often caused by poor posture or work style. Moderate exercise, proper diet and sleep can help relieve symptoms and reduce the chance of recurrence.

If you have lower back pain, please seek professional Chinese/Western physicians for treatment!

Acupuncture treatment combined with self-care at home can work together to relieve low back pain.

(Provided by Ma Kuang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic)

Chen Yimin, Physician of Yang Ming Ma Kuang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic.

(Provided by Ma Kuang Traditional Chinese Medicine Clinic)

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