An Australian study has now found out that weather
may not play a significant role in the development of low back pain.
Low Back Pain
is a symptom that most of us have suffered at some point in our life.
Common causes of low back pain are:
Bad posture: Besides a bad
posture while sitting, low back pain may be also caused by awkward postures for
Injury: Strains and sprains
of the back may result in back pain
Disease conditions: Disease
conditions affecting the lower back like osteoarthritis
can also cause back pain.
Low Back Pain
A number of cases of low back pain can be treated by
strengthening the muscles of the back. These back exercises
should be performed
under the guidance of a trained physiotherapist
Patients with a disease condition affecting the back should take prior approval
from their treating doctor before attempting such exercises.
Many people feel that a change in the weather
conditions causes back pain. An Australian study considered this aspect and
published their finding in the journal Arthritis
Care & Research
. They recruited patients with first time back pain and
checked if the back pain was associated with the weather conditions one week
before and one month after the back
The researchers found that weather conditions like
temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation were not
associated with the appearance of low back pain. A small increase in incidence
of back pain was noticed with higher wind speeds or wind gusts, but the results
were not significant.
However, the authors suggest that further studies
will be required to study the influence of weather conditions on specific
diseases affecting the back like fibromyalgia