It’s no insignificant fact that approximately 8 out of 10 of us will, at some point, experience back pain. However, how do you know if your back is in good shape? What can you do to remedy your back pain and, crucially, what can be done to prevent such a potentially debilitating situation?
1. DIY HOME TEST: THE “STANDING WALL” TEST
It’s a well known fact that poor posture can lead to back pain, so one way in which you can test your back health is by measuring the straightness of your posture.
This can be done by following the “3 H’s” process: Heels, Hips and Head. First, stand against the wall and position your shoulder right back. Second, squeeze your hand behind your lower back arch aligned with your belly button. If you can do this successfully, it is a sign of a healthy back.
2. GO AND SEE A DOCTOR
Of course, with more serious conditions and concerns, you may need to seek the help of a professional. They will take a variety of tests, including measurements of your range, motion and nerve function to assess your situation. Sometimes, they will even take a series of blood and urines samples to see if the pain is related to an infection.
Finally, if the pain persists, they will likely perform X-ray analysis to identify and locate any issues with connective tissue and broken / damaged bones. Known as MRI scans (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), they are ideal for identifying muscle, bone and nerve damage.
3. HOW FREQUENTLY SHOULD I TEST MY BACK HEALTH?
The simple 3 H’s method outlined above is quick and cheap and should be performed once every two to three weeks. If you pain persists, then you must go and seek out advice from a medical professional.