At some point in your life, you’re likely to experience back pain. The reasons for this vary from one person to another, but the effects of this miserable experience are common to everyone who suffers from it. From missing work to being unable to drive or even get out bed, back pain can be a debilitating problem. However, it’s not an actual medical condition. It’s actually a symptom of some other one. Here are some different types of back pain and their known causes.
Strains and Sprains
The most common types of back pain are the result of strains and sprains. Strains are injuries to muscles and tendons, whereas sprains are overstretched or torn ligaments. Strains and sprains can be the caused by a number of different issues, such as:
– Improper lifting technique
– Sudden or awkward movements
– Lifting heavy objects
– Cramping or spasms
– Prolonged or repetitive movements
– A fall
– Overuse of the back muscles
Keep in mind that obesity and weak abdominal muscles are often contributing factors to strains and sprains.
Structural problems of the spine are less common and can be mild, moderate or severe. Regardless of their level of severity, they can still be responsible for some degree of back pain. Examples of structural problems include:
– Ruptured disks
– Bulging disks
– Abnormal curvature of the spine
Sciatica is a condition that results from a pinched nerve, due to a herniated or bulging disk. The disk puts pressure on the nerve, which sends a shooting pain through the back of the leg, beginning at the buttocks. It’s one of the most common structural problems related to back pain and can be caused by a single instance of improper lifting with poor form.
Other Causes of Back Pain
– Cancer of the spine
– Sleeping on a bad mattress
Everyday Activities That May Lead to Back Pain
There are a number of daily activities that may lead to back pain. It’s easy to take some of them for granted, performing them sloppily or incorrectly. These activities include:
– Standing (especially for long periods)
– Bending over
– Pushing heavy objects (such as a car)
– Sitting improperly
The human back contains various muscles, tendons and bones. Any one of these can be the source of back pain. The best way to prevent back problems is to always be mindful of your posture and avoid sudden, awkward or careless movements that could lead to an injury or fall. If you’re already suffering from back pain, be sure to see a doctor. Your personal physician knows a great deal about your medical history and may be able to shed some light on your problem and recommend some form of treatment. Keep in mind that some causes of back pain are never found.
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