The back is a complex structure of elements that interconnect and overlap. It consists of tendons, muscles, nerves, joints and spinal disks. If there is any problem or irritation in any of these units, the result is pain in the back.
Most Americans experience this problem at least once in their lifetime. But the good thing is the pain can be eased.
This article will tell you about the causes of this problem, but before we tackle that, let’s look at its symptoms to know if you need to seek back treatment. Also, if you feel like these symptoms and causes may be relate to you, then you may be a candidate for surgery. If so, it may help for you to check out some AccuraScope videos that provide you with a better insight into some possible treatments for your back pain.
Back pain has several symptoms which include:
• A stiff back
• Tender back muscles
• Severe pain shooting down to the leg
• Weak and Numb legs
• Limited flexibility and motion
• Inability to straighten the back
Causes of Back Pain
Pain in the back is a sign of a medical condition and not a diagnosis on its own. It has several causes which include:
1. Mechanical problems: These may be caused by movement of your spine. The most common mechanical cause is intervertebral disk degeneration (disks between the spinal vertebrae degenerating with age). As they do so, their cushioning ability declines. So if the back is stressed, it can lead to pain.
Other mechanical causes of pain in the back include ruptured (herniated) disks, spasms and muscular tension.
2. Injuries: When you fracture or sprain your spine, it can cause short-lived or persistent pain in the back. A Sprain tears ligaments that support the spine and it can result from twisting or improper lifting. In addition, falls and accidents may also cause back injuries. On the other hand, the usual culprit for causing fractured vertebrae is osteoporosis, a condition that makes bones weak and porous.
3. Medical conditions: Medical conditions are known to cause pain in the back. Scoliosis, which causes curving of the spine, causes pain during a person’s mid-life. Other cases include spondylolisthesis, arthritis and spinal stenosis which narrow the spinal column and put pressure to the spinal cord and nerves.
Other medical conditions are pregnancy, kidney stones and fibromyalgia which causes fatigue and muscle pains around a wide area).
4. Infections: Infections are not common, but they can cause pain if they involve the vertebrae (osteomyelitis) or vertebral disk cushions (discitis).
In conclusion, you need to keep a back health regimen of exercise to avoid having such pain in the future.Read More