Waist pain is a problem which can be successfully eased with painkillers and heating pads. However, one should consult a doctor, before trying any self cures, who will determine the exact cause of waist pain and suggest suitable treatment.
This particular type of pain affects the area between the hips and the rib cage. It can be a consequence of a hard day's work and spending too much time sitting in a particular position. However, there is several more causes of waist pain which need to be taken into consideration if a patient turns to a doctor with this problem.
Causes of Waist Pain
Bad posture is definitely the leading cause of waist pain also, the pain may be associated with certain medical conditions such as sciatica or it may occur during temporary changes in the body such as pregnancy. Any involuntary contraction of the abdominal muscles may be also a cause of waist pain.
In sciatica the pain occurs as a consequence of compression of the nerve roots. The sciatica nerve starts within the spine and then travels down the leg innervating certain muscles. If it is under pressure a person will experience pain which may be localized in the waist area (at the back) and in some cases it may radiate down the leg. In pregnancy rapid growth of the uterus puts pressure on the surrounding structures and may eventually lead to waist pain which is commonly localized in the lower part of the back. And finally, involuntary contractions of the muscles in the waist area (muscle spasms) may cause waist pain. The pain is in this case temporary and usually does not last long.
Waist Pain Treatment
All people suffering from waist pain are generally advised to have plenty of rest. They should avoid strenuous activities such as lifting heavy objects etc. These activities may only increase the intensity of the pain.
In case of sciatica patients undergo specially designed treatment which includes certain medications (pain killers and muscle relaxants) and heat or cold therapy. In severe case the pain can be controlled with epidural steroid injections. Only in extreme cases surgery is the most suitable treatment for the particular pain.
If waist pain originates from muscle spasms it can be controlled with muscle relaxants and sometimes medications which are basically prescribed to people suffering from seizures such as carbamazepine.
In case waist pain becomes chronic (a common consequence of herniated or slipped spinal disc) a person is recommended specific treatment options such as mechanical pelvis traction and muscle therapy. In mechanical pelvis traction the goal is to stretch the back and to increase the gap between the bones of the spine which allows the herniated disc to return to its original place. Muscle therapy comprises a set of exercises performed to stretch the back area.