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Common causes of backache

Thursday, February 07, 2019

We have all experienced some form of backache at least once. Our body sends pain signals to let us know that something is wrong. When it comes to your back, the reason for the pain could be minor or it could be quite significant. Establishing the cause of the pain is essential when it comes to developing a treatment plan.

Strain or sprain
This is one of the most common causes of backache. There are ligaments and tendons that support the spine. When one or more of these ligaments or tendons is injured, it can prove particularly painful. Your doctor may prescribe medication to help with relaxation which promotes healing. You can also ask your doctor about alternative forms of therapy such as massage in order to soothe and loosen tight muscles. This might not be advisable immediately after the injury has occurred but it could be beneficial once healing has begun. Of course, even non-medicinal forms of treatment should always be done as per your doctor's instructions.

Nerve compression
Your spine plays an important role in your nervous system. Several nerves are found within the spinal cord and they help us feel and facilitate mobility. If a nerve is pinched or compressed, it will become inflamed and this will send a message of pain to the brain. Herniation can occur or a bulging disc. In mild cases, these problems and the pain can be relieved through medication, topical treatments, and physical therapy or special exercises. In more extreme cases, surgery might be required.

Work and lifestyle
There are a number of workplace situations and lifestyle choices that can also contribute to back and neck pain. For example, if you spend most of your day on your feet or sitting behind a desk, this can result in back, neck, and shoulder pain. If you spend a lot of time sending messages from your phone, this can also affect your neck since you are constantly looking down. The types of shoes we wear can also cause a significant amount of back pain. High heels in particular force you to alter your posture and force your back muscles to work harder.

When you are experiencing back pain, it's important to establish the cause before seeking treatment. Ask your doctor about various types of massage, acupuncture, and even reflexology. Some of these treatments can be used on their own and others can be used in conjunction with other forms of treatment in order to increase their effectiveness.

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