Back pain has become an emerging problem nowadays. Almost every person has to face backache at least once in life. According to recent researches, about one-third of the world population (almost 100 million Americans) suffer from chronic lower back pain. Sometimes, the pain is reduced by medical or surgical intervention but sometimes, simple remedies can help reduce the backache which occurs due to muscle strain or soft tissue injuries. Here we’ll discuss some common causes of back pain.
1)Lack of Exercise
A sedentary lifestyle is one of the major culprits of chronic back pain. Lack of activity of muscles causes soreness and muscles become stiffened. To perform exercise daily makes the abdominal and back muscles stronger which become more able to support the spinal column. It is easier for the stronger muscles to hold up the vertebral column, lessen pain and improve pain. You can consult your doctor or physiotherapist to find which exercises are healthier for your vertebral column.
The culture of smartphones, computer monitors and long commutes is prevailing day by day. While using these gadgets, your head is in a protruding posture and your shoulders slouch instead of staying in good alignment over your hips and shoulders. This poor posture exerts extra pressure to your back muscles which are thus strained. You should consider a standing desk at your workplace. Whenever you notice that you are in a slumping posture, try to pull your shoulder blades together. First, be aware of your bad posture and then try to correct it gradually.
Muscle overuse also leads to chronic upper back pain. Traditionally, this takes place due to repetitive motions over an extended period of time. This leads to muscle strain, irritation, and tightness. Repetitive activities which are performed in daily routine also leads to pain in the upper or lower back. Somebody who is intended to make the same movements all day or lift heavy loads must keep changing the posture as far as possible.
Disc herniation is a condition when the inner soft jelly-like the material of disc comes out of the outer ring-like structure. This condition is more common in the lumbar region of the back but may also take place in the upper region of the back. When disc hernia takes place, the protruding part of the disc exerts pressure over the other vertebral bones. Even a very small amount of pressure exerted by herniated disc may result in a huge amount of pain in the back. This also produces some other symptoms like numbness, weakness and tingling sensations in the affected region of the back and upper and lower limbs. Sometimes this condition needs surgical intervention but mostly, the patients do not require surgery and they are recovered by conservative management like taking rest and anti-inflammatory medications.
5) Pinched Nerve
When a herniated disc slips out of its space, it can compress the adjacent nerve. when the nerve impinges in the middle of the back, it causes pain and numbness in the upper and lower extremity, problems with controlling defecation and urination and weakness or loss of control in the lower extremities. Surgery is usually not required in this case while the doctors prescribe spinal steroid injections in some cases.
6) Spinal Infection
Although, an infection may cause upper or lower back pain it is a rare condition. Sometimes, a collection of pus and germs is accumulated between bones of the vertebral column and spinal cord which is termed as a spinal epidural abscess. When this abscess is swollen, pain is felt. The spinal abscess must be treated as early as possible to avoid complications. Antibiotics are helpful and sometimes surgical intervention is needed to remove the abscess and decrease the complications.
A sleeping mattress which is not made properly, exerts extra pressure on the parts of the vertebral column, distorting the normal curvature of vertebral column resulting in pain in the affected region. If you come to know that your sleeping posture causes an increase in your back pain, you can use additional pillows for extra support. If you are habitual of sleeping on your side, you must keep a pillow between your knees to support in maintaining the natural curvature of your vertebral column. If you are habitual of sleeping on your stomach, you should keep a pillow beneath your pelvis in order to provide some extra support.
If your shoes are designed such that they put your feet in an unnatural position or they are unable to provide you sufficient support, they can cause you to suffer from pain in your feet as well as the lower back. If you wear high heels frequently, they tend to keep your feet in an uncomfortable position that has its impact on all the ligaments and muscles of the back and legs. It also leaves a bad effect on the distribution of the weight. If you already have experience of suffering back pain, you should select the shoes with a good arch and proper heal support and avoid high heels.
It is the matter of common sense that the heavier weight you lift, the more strain is exerted to your vertebral column. Heavier weight also causes the misalignment of your vertebral column. You must avoid carrying a heavy weight on your shoulders and back. Carry a little, handheld bag. If you want to carry a backpack, do not put it on one shoulder but put it on both shoulders equally such that its weight is equally distributed. You can also consider a rolling type of bag with longer strips.
It is often overlooked but it is a reality that smoking cigarettes are one of the major causative agents of back pain. Nicotine has bad effects on blood flow circulation especially to the back because the intervertebral discs present in the vertebral column already have compromised blood supply. It also compromises the ability of the body to absorb calcium and thus bones become weakened. Due to these factors, age-related degenerative process of bones enhances and it can be said that premature aging of the vertebral column has occurred.
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- Hip Pain
- Spinal Stenosis
- Ageing Spine
- Leg Pain
- Herniated Disc
- Nerve Impingement
- Por Posture
- Prolapsed Discs
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