Posts Tagged ‘Main Causes of Back Pain’
Summary: A common medical condition that we have encountered at some point in our lives is back pain. This condition is caused by a variety of factors and medical conditions. Consult your health care professional for proper advice on how to deal with your back pain.
Back pain is probably one of the most common discomforts that we have ever felt at some point in our life. In order to deal effectively with relieving this condition, we need to have a good understanding of what causes this disorder. In this way we can also formulate ways of preventing situations that may exacerbate or aggravate the pain we feel in our backs that could potentially lead to more serious medical conditions later on.
One of the most common causes of back pain is muscle strain, which occurs when there is an unexpected movement of the muscle in the wrong direction as in a twist, or trauma that could result in tears in the muscle tissue leading to pain.
Ligamentous strains are also very common causes of back pain that results from excessive stretching of the ligaments that is far beyond the normal means as a result of trauma or excessive athletic training.
Compression of the spinal nerves that result in herniated discs is one serious cause of back pain that need to be supervised and treated by your physician and physical therapist. These are usually the result cyclic vibrating movements or as a result of the wrong method of lifting heavy objects resulting in disc herniation. This type of injury causes radicular pain at the origin of trauma as well as the areas where the specific nerves course through.
For people beyond the age of fifty, there is a condition that causes back pain called spinal stenosis. This condition is due to a narrowed canal of the spine, which is caused by bony spurs as well as arthritic conditions. This injury is further aggravated when the sufferer lifts heavy objects as well as walking for prolonged periods. In order to correct the condition, surgery may need to be done.
Among the many causes of back pain for people over a certain age, osteoarthritis seems to be the culprit for people over 50 with chronic back pain issues. This is due to wear and tear and is part of aging. This could easily be prevented if the person maintains an active and healthy lifestyle by eating the right food, staying mobile through exercise and maintaining correct posture at all times.
For people that have a rheumatic disease, fibromyalgia is a common cause of chronic back pain. Features of this condition include equal areas of pain accompanied by fatigue and insomnia. The condition should be present for at least three consecutive months with pain affecting specific sites of the back in order to have a diagnosis.