The odds are high, very high that at some point you may be among the millions who suffer from back pain.
Why are you so likely to find yourself among this unlucky group?
It could be for many reasons. However, The more you know about your back and its pain triggers, the more proactive you can be in preventing an injury. And, should you experience one, the more equipped you will be to deal with back aches and pain.
One thing is for sure – whether it’s an occasional pain in the morning or a chronic day to day discomfort to a high degree, our back health is in our own hands.
And, with some knowledge, prevention, exercise, and treatment – that includes pampering – we are more likely to find ourselves in control.
From my own experience – spoil your back rotten and see how much better you start to feel.
How many times have you heard someone complain about the symptoms of lower back problems, a pulled back muscle.
Sore and tight back muscles, or a lower back muscle spasm?
Probably, often. And this may be precisely what’s going on if it’s a short-term pain they are experiencing. However, If it’s ongoing, long-term pain, it’s often not the back muscles that are to blame. Although back muscles can overstretch or injured, it requires a considerable amount of force to do so and does not happen as often as many people think.
Besides, muscles tend to heal rapidly and seldom cause pain lasting more than a week.
Then what’s to blame?
The likely culprit may be overstretched ligaments and other soft tissue. Good news, since this type of overstretching, is primarily caused by poor posture habits, which are preventable and treatable.
Many people don’t realize how important posture is in ALL of our daily activities – it is not limited to how we stand and sit. The way we align our body when we sleep also has an effect on our posture. Understanding posture and its impact can be one of the best back trouble remedies.
Although posture is a determining factor in our spine health, there are many other causes of back and spinal pain which are not as simple.
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Scoliosis and Skeleton irregularities
It is natural for our spine to curve out slightly at the upper back and have a lower back arch. However, at times these curves become overly exaggerated, causing pain. Scoliosis can cause back soreness when the spine curves to one side, or the other.
Bulging or herniated disks – The spinal vertebrae are cushioned by small, spongy discs that act as shock absorbers and keep the spine flexible. A side may become damaged and then bulge or break open, resulting in a herniated disk, also known as a slipped or ruptured disc.
Sciatica – Sciatica is referred to clinically as radiculopathy. This occurs when a bulging or herniated disk presses on the radicular nerve in the lower back. This nerve forms part of the sciatic nerve that travels from the back down the leg. The result is usually sharp shooting pains through the buttock and down the end of the leg which may be accompanied by numbness and tingling.
The symptom of Back Pain
It is important to note that sciatica is a symptom of something irritating the nerve root and is not a medical diagnosis or disorder on its own.
Arthritis – Osteoarthritis affects many joints, most commonly the knees, hips, feet, hands and lower back. Spinal stenosis can occur when arthritis in the spine, typically osteoarthritis, narrows the space around the spinal cord.
Osteoporosis – Fragile and brittle bones, as a result of osteoporosis, can break easily. This type of fracture is known as an osteoporotic fracture. Some of these are in the form of a painful vertebral compression fracture or spinal fracture.
Referred pain – A pain in one part of the body can easily fell in other areas and is known as referred injury. The back may feel the effect of:
- Kidney disease
- A bladder infection
- An ovarian problem
- A pelvic infection
- Appendicitis acid reflux disease or other digestive problem
Although not as prevalent, other causes may include
An infection in the spine, cancer of the spine, or a severe neurological problem know as cauda equina syndrome.
Whenever you have any type of back discomfort, unless you are confident of the cause and know for a fact that it is not harmful, you should consult with a physician or a back pain specialist. You should seek immediate evaluation if you have any of the following warning signs, or have experienced:
- Sharp or stabbing pains
- Progressively worsening pains
- Extreme pain in the lower, mid or upper back
- Pain not responding to over the counter medication
- Recent back injury
- Difficulty with bowel or bladder control
- Pain accompanied by fever, chills or sweating
- Sleep is interrupted by illness
- Other unusual symptoms persist
- Lower Back Pain
A Tight Hamstring Muscle Can Result In Lower Back Pain
Most backache complaints are of the lower back, originating in the lumbar spine.
When we are upright, the lumbar spine bears the weight of the body above it and transmits that weight to our hips when we are sitting and to our legs and feet when we are standing or walking. It also provides a flexible connection between the upper and lower parts of the body, protects the spinal cord, and has a higher weight-bearing function than the remainder of our spine.
Because of the multiple functions of the lumbar spine, injuries in this area are particularly painful and often radiate to other parts of our body, resulting in:
- Hip pain
- Knee pain
- A stiff neck and shoulder injury
- Leg pain
- Upper back pain
Conversely, because of the alterations we make in the way we walk, stand and sit when we have pain in our feet, knees, hips, or neck and shoulders, those pains, in turn, will often produce lower back injury.
Did you know that even a tight hamstring muscle can result in lower back pain?
With all that goes on with our backs, it’s no wonder millions of people suffer from chronic pain.
My advice, educate yourself as much as you can about what might be causing your pain. I’ve found that the more I teach myself about ways to prevent injury.
and experiment with various treatment options, the better I feel. It takes time and a commitment to overcoming back pain – but it’s sure worth it.