One of my Telehealth patients recently asked me “Why does my back always hurt more when I’m having a bad day at work?” A good question, and one that comes up quite regularly in fact! My simple response to this is normally something like “Because pain is an absolute blighter, and likes to kick us when we’re already down” but I thought today I’d put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard, these days) and explain why and how our mood and pain levels are linked.
The benefits of an active lifestyle are commonly-known. Long periods of inactivity can lead to serious conditions such as heart disease and obesity. However keeping active can be easier to achieve for some. Many office workers have to spend long periods of time at a desk. This sedentary behaviour can put them at risk from back, neck and shoulder discomfort.
Let’s take a quick look at the shoulder joint. It consists of the upper arm bone (the humerus), which fits into a ball and socket on the shoulder blade. This also attaches to the collarbone.
Having a sudden episode of back pain can be scary, fortunately it is rarely dangerous. There are various ways to help the pain settle yourself without the need for strong drugs or scans. Unfortunately, there is a lot of information out there that can be very unhelpful and can lead to your back pain becoming worse. We want to set the record straight with information that has come from the most up-to-date research available.
Here are the key facts that you need to know about back pain.