Backache may accompany other symptoms including:
Buttock or hip pain.
Curvature of the spine.
“Foot drop” (feeling of the foot slapping the ground; caused by leg weakness)
Neck pain and stiffness.
Stiffness in the spine.
Swelling in the shoulder, knee, or ankle joints.
Headache, particularly in the back of the head.
Nerve problems that cause pain, numbness or tingling in an arm, buttock, shoulder or leg.
DO'S & DON'TS
1. Sleep on a firm mattress.
2. Improve your posture. Stand and sit straight. Keep your back straight when working at a bench, table, ironing board etc.
3. Keep a cushion at the small of the back when sitting in a chair or while driving.
4. Avoid sudden jerky movements and over activity.
To lift objects from floor, kneel do not bend. Or bend at the knees and not at the waist. Regular exercise for back muscles keeps spasms at bay.Relaxation techniques, yoga and meditation help.A diet rich in calcium and multivitamins is recommended.Massage your back once a week.
In case of an attack of backache, go to bed immediately on a firm mattress and stay there for at least 24 hours, getting up only to go to the toilet.