3 things that can be acute exacerbations of your chronic lower back pain

Acute Exacerbation of Chronic Lower Back Pain

Approximately 7.5% of the world’s population experiences chronic lower back pain (LBP). Chronic back pain can be extremely debilitating and disruptive to everyday life. When you couple lower back pain with minor exacerbating factors, chronic back pain can worsen.

The origins of back pain typically cannot be easily identified, but there are several factors that can make it feel aggravated when they occur. Take a look at some of these factors listed below.

3 things can be acute exacerbations if you already have lower back pain

  • Improper sitting positions or poor posture — Slouching in an office chair for several hours out of the day on top of preexisting chronic back pain is likely to cause even more pain. Be sure to make a conscious effort to correct your posture so that, in turn, your chronic back pain doesn’t get worse. Physical therapists are great resources to turn to for help with correcting posture and building muscle strength in the back.
  • Muscle overuse or excessive physical activity — When muscles in the back become overused, whether by repetitive motions or excessive physical activity, the result can be strained muscles. Whatever the cause of the chronic pain in your lower back may be, muscle strain only adds to the discomfort.
  • Weak abdominal muscles — For those with weak abdominal muscles, chronic back pain can feel heightened. The muscles in your abdomen help reinforce your back and spine, and when in a weak state, they may exacerbate painful symptoms because your back has no support.

There are several treatment methods for managing acute exacerbations of your chronic lower back pain. Treatment methods most often include pain medication and the long-term alternative to medication, physical therapy.

Whatcom PT can help you with your lower back pain and acute exacerbations

Living with chronic lower back pain doesn’t have to be any worse than it already is. If you’re ready to take control of your lower back pain, consider making an appointment request today for a free screening with one of our experts. At Whatcom PT, our physical therapists are specially trained to address the cause of your pain and help you recover.

Contact our team today for more information or to schedule an initial appointment.