Based on recent data, over a million people suffer either minor or acute back pain. About half of these people could have avoided the condition and obtained relief without seeking medical treatment; while the remaining half may suffer with back pains for the rest of their life if they neglect to be realistic in resolving the situation. Understanding back pain is the key to preventing constant pain and suffering.
In terms of the sources of pain in the back, it’s a complicated problem, because there can be all kinds of contributing factors. As an example, the central nervous system just adjacent to the spine plays a major role in back pain. Back pains can also be caused by certain actions that are performed improperly such as overexertion of the muscles and joints, and even a range of medical disorders. I want you to understand that every single bone in your body has very vital part to play in your overall well being, and whenever any tendons, bones or muscles gets injured, it leads to major back pain; it can also include slipping of disks or fractures in the bones.
In some situations, a surgical procedure is performed to fix the problem. Yet surgery often results in major problems, and from time to time even worsens the problem. This is why it’s so essential to take measures to relieve your pain through lifestyle adjustments.
Were you aware that weight loss can alleviate backache? The problem of obesity is spreading around the planet. Please understand that excessive weight places stress on your muscles resulting in back pain. The problem will most likely be exacerbated by wearing footwear that doesn’t fit properly or affects the alignment of your back, which results in excessive force on the joints and muscles.
How do you ease the pain of a herniated disk? Start by learning the way to bend or lean the correct way, you can reduce your weight if need be and wear shoes that fit well. Curling up in a fetal position may also relieve back problems due to a herniated disk. As you are doing this, place a cushion between your knees to avoid curling up too tightly.
Muscle imbalances and herniated or bulging discs cause most cases of back pain or Sciatica. Even if you are not suffering from either of these problems, there could be some other unusual causes to back pain.
Here I am going to share with you causes of back pains:
1. Pelvic Bleeding
It has been proven that people who take blood thinning painkillers for extended periods of time experiences bleeding in the pelvis. This is why it not healthy to depend on extended use of pain-killers to “treat” your back pain. Pain killers may make the pain go away momentarily, but they don’t guarantee treating the underlying problem, and they are dangerous if taken regularly.
Whenever bleeding occurs, Sciatica will usually present itself swiftly as the blood pools and puts pressure on the Sciatic nerve.
The remote cause of Singles is a virus called Herpes Zoster. It is this same virus that causes chicken pox. Shingles attacks the nerves that provide sensation to the human skin; and when you are done curing chicken pox, it is believed that the virus is sent to lay dormant in the roots of the nerve. At this point in some persons, it will never come up again as Shingles, but in times of over stressed or in persons with compromised immune system, it can present once again.
Whenever Shingles strikes, it results in pains along the nerves especially the lumbar nerves in your lower back; and you will notice that blisters are formed in that area as well. It is important for us to understand that Shingles cannot be transferred to others, but chicken pox cab be spread to other people who never had chicken pox before or who have not been vaccinated for it. It advisable to see your doctor if you believe you is suffering from Shingles.
3. Bone or Disc Infection
Bacterial infections of the discs or bones in the spine are extremely rare, but they can happen. Tuberculosis in the spine, which is called Pott’s disease, is possible to contract.
In the same vein, contracting Brucellosis infection which affects the Sacroiliac joints (SI joints) in the pelvis is very possible. Brucellosis infection is said to be usually contracted from drinking goat milk, however, it is extremely rare.
Generally, bacterial infections of bones or discs are very rare and usually quite serious. These are usually treated with an extensive antibiotic plan.
4. Paget’s Disease
As at today, no one knows the real causes of Paget’s disease, but it involves unusual growth of bone and variations in the human bone density. It is been proven to affect older people more than younger people.
An X-ray is usually used to diagnose Paget’s disease which will expose the unusual bone growths; however, such X-ray result has to be verified by a biopsy.
The only available treatment for Paget’s disease at the moment is pain killers which help in managing the pain and other prescriptions to slow the growth of the bones and stunt to progression of Paget’s disease.
5. Aneurysm of the Aorta
Just the same way bulging disc is able to cause back pain, an aneurysm of the aorta has the potency to cause the walls of the aorta to bulge outward thereby causing back pains. In so many cases this will never result in any symptoms at all, however, when it bulges in a particular direction it puts pressure to the spinal nerves and result in back pains.
6. Bad posture
Using bad posture and poor body mechanics while performing the activities of daily life such as lifting a heavy object without bending at the knees, which causes you to use your back instead of your legs can cause back pains.
7. Prolonged standing
It has been proven that standing or sitting in one spot for a very long time has the ability to cause the muscles that support the spine to tighten thereby causing pains.
8. Low back strains
Low back strains are very common occurrence, they happen when some muscles are overstretched or torn. Muscle strains occur when a sudden force, pull or twist is applied to the muscles in the back resulting in pain.
9. Ligamentous Sprains
This is also common cause of back pains, and they happen when the ligaments holding bones together are torn from their attachments. Sprains happen with quick, unexpected movements.
10. Painful Degenerative Discs
This is another cause of back pain. Recall that the discs act as cushions in-between the vertebrae in your spine. As humans begin to grow older, these discs also become thinner thereby losing some of their shock absorbing potency. With less cushioning, this can lead to pain.
Osteoporosis can cause weak bones and can lead to fractures, known as compression fractures, which result in very uncomfortable back pain.
11. Facet Joint Osteoarthritis
This occurs when osteoarthritis (degenerative arthritis) causes a breakdown of the cartilage between the facet joints (small joints in the back). When the joints move, the lack of the cartilage causes pain as well as loss of motion and stiffness. This pain is usually more pronounced first thing in the morning and later in the day.
12. Herniated/Ruptured Discs
Herniated/ruptured discs lead to back pain. The gelatinous material inside a disk may protrude or rupture and pinch a nerve; and whenever such thing happens, it results in a condition commonly refer to as “Sciatica” occurs. This results when the herniated disc presses on the main nerve that travels down your leg and causes pain to radiate from the buttock down the back of the leg.
13. Spinal Stenosis
Another cause of back pains is Spinal Stenosis. When humans gets above the age of 50, arthritis in the spine leads to the narrowing of the spinal canal thereby compressing nerves within the canal. The compression of the nerves can lead to pain and numbness in the legs.
This is a condition where a vertebra in the spine slips out of place, causing pain. When one vertebra slips forward over the one beneath, the spinal canal becomes narrower. Now with limited room to function in their natural position, the spinal cord and nerves begin to irritate one another and inflamed which causes painful symptoms.