5 Common Causes of Back Pain

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The back is a construction that combines bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons, and many other types of tissue in one system. Without your spine and the structures that support it, you wouldn’t be able to sit, stand, walk, or even wrap your arms around a loved one. Many people fail to consider the health of their spine until their back pain becomes persistent. If you take care of your spine before a problem develops or seek treatment quickly, it is often possible to relieve the pain without relying on strong medications or risky procedures. Back pain is considered chronic if it has lasted more than three months. This chronic pain can temporarily diminish mobility, which inhibits the sufferer’s daily activities. Below are some common causes of chronic back pain.

TRAUMA

Trauma involves an impact or jolt that shifts the spine or surrounding musculoskeletal structures. The source is typically a car accident or physical sport. Most injuries are soft tissue related.

POOR POSTURE

Men and women who work in an office or retail facility often develop back pain.Sitting and standing for long hours hunched over tightens back muscles. The best practice is to adopt better postural habits. Regardless of a person’s height, weight and stature, a person’s posture should follow the natural curve of the spine and maintain upright and squared shoulders. If you find yourself sitting for longer periods during the day, it’s important to ensure that laptop and computer screens are at eye-level, chairs are positioned at the right height and you are sitting up straight and not hunched over a desk.

MUSCULOSKELETAL ABNORMALITIES

Abnormalities in bones and muscles can also cause back pain. The usual culprits are bone spurs, herniated discs or scoliosis. Bone spurs are skeletal projections stemming from bones that irritate joints or other bones. Herniated discs occur when soft centers in spinal discs extend out of their exterior cases, and scoliosis is a lateral curvature of the spine.

DEGENERATIVE DISEASES

Diabetes mellitus, osteoarthritis and other debilitating diseases distort human tissue and can erode this substance. The result is the bones in the neck and back rub against each other. For most people, it’s very painful. Consequently, age plays a factor in degenerative diseases.

Middle-agers and seniors develop these ailments more so than younger individuals. Since no cure exists for degenerative diseases, sufferers must adapt their lifestyles. They may need to lose weight, exercise, and avoid specific foods.

MUSCLE STRAIN

A strain occurs after back muscles stretch or tear. Strenuous exercise and heavy lifting cause muscle strains. Affected regions throb and ache. Application of a cold or warm cloth helps. If inflammation or spasm occurs, more medical care is necessary.

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