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You'll never regret getting outside during the summertime– but sometimes a good adventure can take a toll on your body.
With weekend getaways, new activities (surfing anyone?), and extra quality time with friends and family can come new aches and pains. Maybe you were helping someone carry a heavy duffle bag or that casual garden game got a little more competitive than you planned. Suddenly, you're left with pain or discomfort in your lower back, and you’re not sure what to do about it. Should you ignore it? Just walk it off? Take it from me: If there's one area of your body that you don’t want to mess with, it’s your back.
Many things can lead to a sore back. Sometimes inactivity, like spending extra hours at the office or sitting in an uncomfortable airplane or car seat can do it. Other times, the pain is caused by increased activities or unaccustomed movements, like packing up boxes for a move or simply trying out a new workout.
Low back pain is one of the most common reasons Brits go to the doctor. Symptoms can vary from a mild soreness, general stiffness, or debilitating pain that radiates out from the spine down the hip and leg. The soreness can be due to a variety of different problems, depending on your age and the mechanism of injury (how it happened).
One common cause of a sore back is poor posture. Poor body positioning and body mechanics can often lead to low grade muscle strains or small aggravations of the discs in the spine. Disc bulges and herniations can cause varying degrees of pain and as we get older, and degenerative changes in the spine can also contribute to stiffness in pain.
Regardless of how your low back pain or soreness started, you’ll want to do something about it.
Source: How to Solve That Sore Back - MensHealth