Causes of Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain can range from dull soreness to recurring severe sharp pain, with many variations in between. Back pain sufferers often feel stiffness in the morning, while others, experience pain in the lumbar region (lower back). Although pain is undoubtedly a problem, frequently the biggest concern with back pain is the havoc it may cause on your daily life.

Often, it is difficult to carry out daily activities, such as walking your dog or grocery shopping. You may also have trouble moving comfortably at work or it feels uncomfortable to sit for long periods of time while working with a computer?

Chronic back pain commonly strikes in two ways:

• Recurring: The pain continues for long periods of time and disappear, but return in a few hours. This infuriating pattern continues, for months or sometimes years.

• Constant: It continues for more than three or four months.

Chronic back pain can get worse when you sit down, lift something heavier than 15 lbs or move your back. The condition often gets better when you are resting or carry less weight. Often, doing something commonplace, such as putting down your heavy bag or getting off your feet can help.

Is it painful to carry your suitcases through airports? Maybe you have even given up taking a flight because you tend to have painful back when carrying heavy suitcases. Get bags with wheels to allow you move your bag much more easily.

Unfortunately, many people find that back pain is a big mystery and it is very difficult to determine the cause. In fact, only fifteen percent of people with this condition have an accurate diagnosis. Simply put, if your doctor doesn’t know what is the cause of your back pain; how can he treat you? Thankfully, doctors are using proven activities and treatments that can help minimize back pain without the need to identify the causes.

There is no way we can reverse our age or gender. But you can control a few factors, such as smoking, not being fit and being obese.

These causes are so common that you could consider them as behaviors that are likely cause chronic back pain.

• Awkward body position, such as twisting your torso too far

• Wrong stretching position

• Lifting heavy items or lifting with wrong posture

• Performing repetitive movements, such as bending and lifting

• Poor standing or sitting postures

• Obesity

• Having impaired or weak “core” muscle strength

• Smoking

• Lack of exercise

These causes may be beyond your control, especially if they are related to work requirements:

• Demanding physical works at construction site or factory

• Repetitive activities that includes a good deal of twisting or bending

• Staying in a position for too long, such as working with a computer for eight hours a day

Sometimes your job causes back pain and often it isn’t easy to find a better job, so what to do? If you need to work with a computer each day, make sure to take a break every hour, for at least five minutes. Stand up, shake out your body and stretch, it may look funny to your co-workers, but who knows you may start a new trend after a few weeks.

When a doctor is able to diagnose the source of your condition, they are usually:

Muscle spasms: A sprain or strain can cause shrunk muscles on your back and impaired blood flow, both of which can be painful. Muscle injury may cause spasm and prevent you from using certain part of your body. Frequently, the pain doesn’t strike immediately, but instead it lingers in the background and returns later, long after you no longer remember what may have caused your misery.

Osteoarthritis: Often back pain is caused by spine OA (osteoarthritis). This disorder is often known as spondylosis. OA contributes to collapsed vertebrae. Without enough cushions, the facets (joints) scrub against each other which cause stiffness and pain. Ironically, your body tend to make up for the condition by creating bone spurs (new bone), which can squeeze your nerves and cause immense pain. Being obese increases the likelihood of getting this condition, so try to lift or carry a reasonable amount of weight.

Osteoporosis: As we grow old (especially on women), our bones will lose calcium, causing brittleness. This condition is called as osteoporosis, which can make routine activities like house cleaning and grocery shopping more difficult. A little fall can easily cause broken hip or back. Treatments for osteoporosis are necessary and also some level of caution should help.

Herniated discs: In some cases discs in our spine split up and stick out which cause pain. This condition is known as a slipped, ruptured, or herniated disc. If the disc squeezes one of the nerves at the spinal cord, it would be very painful. The sciatic nerve usually runs from your leg up to your spinal cord. This condition is known as sciatica.

Spinal stenosis: Eventually, the spine may contract, a condition known as spinal stenosis. The contracting spine can put some pressure on spinal cord nerves. In general, this condition can cause cramping, and numbness, in your legs, arms, neck, shoulders, or back. Some people may lose sensation on extremities and sometimes causes problems on bowel or bladder function.

Spondylolisthesis: It happens when a vertebrae slips and touches another vertebrae below it. Slipped vertebrae usually happen in the neck or lower back; it can squeeze a nerve and cause extreme pain.

Degenerative disc disease: Occasionally the internal fluid of spinal discs is reduced. Once the moisture is no longer present on the disc, the external disc begins to buckle due to weight transfer previously carried by the middle part of the disc. It may then bulge and even crack.

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