What do runny noses, itchy skin and back pain all have in common? They are all symptoms of a problem, not Sciatica the root cause. Back pain can be caused by many different underlying problems. Understanding the cause of back pain is essential in determining the most appropriate treatment options and pain management solutions. Let’s take a look at a few of the common causes of back pain.
The spine is supported by a complex network of large muscles that support the spine and the upper body. These spinal muscles are used almost every time that you move or lift. Since back muscles are used frequently, they are at a great risk for muscle strain or overexertion. Muscle strain occurs when muscle fibers are stretched or torn.
Back pain caused by muscle strain will often resolve itself with proper rest and future prevention. Learning to lift properly, getting enough exercise (including strength training) and maintaining a healthy weight have been shown to reduce the occurrence of this type of back pain. Prevention is always easier than fixing a problem once the pain has occurred. Sprains, caused by torn ligaments, may present with similar symptoms to muscle strain.
Ruptured or slipped discs are another common cause of back pain. The spinal column is comprised of many small bones known as vertebrae. These bones rest upon each other with a new small, cushioning disc in between each bone. When the disc ruptures, shifts or degenerates, back pain may result.
Bulging discs occasionally irritate a nerve and cause back pain. Sciatica is an example of back pain related to a nerve issue. This type of pain is often sharp and may be accompanied with tingling or numbness.
Fibromyalgia and other pain syndromes may carry back pain as a symptom. In the case of fibromyalgia little is known about the cause of the pain, but there are many treatment options available to help control the symptoms of this syndrome.
Back pain isn’t always caused by back problems. In some cases it can be a sign of a problem somewhere else entirely. Kidney diseases, urinary tract or bladder infections, appendicitis and ovarian problems may present with back pain as a symptom.
Back Pain and Age
Back pain becomes more prevalent as you age. This is due to a variety of factors. Arthritis and osteoporosis often result in back pain and are conditions typically associated with older people. Discs may deteriorate or become weaker throughout the aging process. Deterioration of bones and tissues can lead to back pain and problems.
The next time your back hurts remember that there is no one set reason. Back pain has many causes and therefore, many treatment options. Back pain can be chronic or temporary, intense or mild; it all depends on the type of pain and its cause. If you are experiencing back pain, make an appointment and come on in. The first step in treating the pain is figuring out what is causing it.