The Hidden Causes of Back Pain and How to Get Relief

More than 40 percent of women who wear high heels will experience a foot injury that can lead to back pain. Heels higher than three inches put seven times as much pressure on your feet, disrupting your center of gravity and spine alignment. Oz said if you have to wear them, keep it to heels shorter than three inches.

Women are also carrying around an average of 16 pounds on their shoulders because of hand bags. Carrying a handbag that's more than 10 percent of your body weight poses serious health risks for your back, because it creates improper balance and strains your back and shoulder muscles.

Men have this problem on a smaller scale. To avoid back problems, you should never carry a wallet in your back pocket that's more than 1/4 inch thick. A thicker wallet creates a wedge that throws off the balance of the pelvis and disrupts the spine, leading to spinal problems, including arthritis.

Oz said he has whittled his down to just money and credit cards.

Back Pain Relief

First of all, don't stay in bed. Oz said you can limit movement for up to 24 hours if it hurts to move, but then you need to get up and move around. Otherwise, the muscles that support your back get weak and it's even more difficult to heal.

You can take ibuprofen or any nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug for pain relief, but a topical analgesic such as heat rubs also work. It contains the active ingredients camphor and menthol that bind to receptors found in our skin and brain that regulate our sensation of temperature. They promote a cool sensation, which helps alleviate pain.

Oz said you can also consider massage as treatment for back pain. Indeed, he said, a study showed that massage was superior to both acupuncture and self-care for back pain. In addition to its stress-reducing effects, massage helps manage pain, relieve muscle stiffness and boosts immunity by affecting vascular activity and mitigating pain response pathways.

Watch "The Dr. Oz Show" today for a discussion on disease-related causes of back pain, when surgery is necessary and the different kinds of surgical interventions available.

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