Did you wake up one morning suffering from back pain? And is the cause still a mystery?
You think back on what you might have done in the last day or two that could be the culprit.
But nothing comes to mind - at least, nothing drastic enough to cause the kind of pain you're feeling.
Unfortunately, there are literally dozens of reasons why this back pain could have appeared on the scene.
And if you want to correct the issue, the best possibility to do that is to identify what you did to cause it. Let's take a look at some likely suspects.
Do you work in a labor-intensive job? If so and if you're not continuously conscious of taking care of your back, your job might be the culprit.
Or if your job requires you to stand all day or sit all day, it could be causing your problem.
If you think your job is the source of your pain, try altering your activity or non-activity for brief moments several times each day.
Yes, your mattress could be causing your pain. There are a lot of excellent mattresses available, but not each one of those excellent choices is perfect for you.
How can you tell if your mattress isn't a good fit for you? Well, first, do you lie down and then fall asleep in the same position? If so, then you're probably okay.
Or do you toss and turn in an attempt to get comfortable? If that's the case, then you probably need to get a different mattress.
Consider a memory foam mattress which provides excellent support and adjusts to your body heat.
If that doesn't appeal to you, head out to a local store and try out several mattresses before making a decision.
Yes, it's true that sports can be dangerous for your back. But you probably already know that and may have decided that you'll take your chances because you're not willing to give up your favorite sport.
No, don't worry. You should just analyze whether the sport you're playing could be the cause of your back pain.
If it you think it is, then you should try a few ways to protect your back. Maybe wearing a back brace will be all that's needed.
Scientists have not yet shown a causal connection between being overweight and back pain.
They have, however, shown that overweight people suffer from back trouble more often and more severely than slim people.
Common sense tells us that if your lower back is supporting a heavy load, then it's going to suffer on occasion.
In addition, overweight people are more likely to lead sedentary lives, and that means that the core muscles that support the spine in your lower back are weak, resulting in more stress is put onto the actual spine.
Do your back a favor and do two things - lose a little weight and strengthen your core muscles.
Does back pain seem to run in your family? If so, then you may be genetically predisposed to experiencing back trouble. Discuss this possibility with a medical professional.
Do you drive a lot? Car, truck, motorcycle? If your mode of transportation is the culprit for your back pain, you're lucky because you can purchase different kinds of back supporters to help your posture.
Supporters, either the kind that sits behind you in your car or truck or the kind that you wrap around your body while you're driving your motorcycle.
Do your shoes provide plenty of cushioning and support for your feet?
If not, then shock waves are being sent up your spine every time each foot hits the floor.
You may have avoided the right kind of shoe because you want to be fashionable, but your back will thank you if you stop sending it those jarring vibrations.
If you're able to figure out what's causing your back pain, you can take steps on your own or with a medical professional to send it on its way - never to return.