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What Is Meant By Back Pain?

Back pain is a very common problem and will affect many of us at some point during our lives.

The good news is that in most cases it isn’t a serious problem, and it might just be caused by a simple strain to a muscle or ligament.

The lower back is one of the most important parts of the body, as it holds most of our body weight when we stand and is involved in the movement when we bend or twist at the waist. Because of its pivotal role and frequent use, it is susceptible to injury and chronic pain. Lower back pain is especially common in older adults, who may have decreased bone strength and muscle elasticity. The cartilage in between each vertebral disc may have worn away as well.

Causes Of Back Pain

Often, back pain doesn’t have one simple cause, but may be due to one or more of the following:

  • Poor posture.
  • Lack of exercise resulting in stiffening of the spine and weak muscles.
  • Muscle strains or sprains.

As well as the things listed above, there are also specific conditions which are linked with pain felt in the back. It’s important to remember that severe pain doesn’t necessarily mean there’s a serious problem.

Some common conditions are listed below.

·      Spondylosis.

·      Sciatica.

·      Spinal stenosis.

While lower back pain is not usually a serious condition, it can be very painful and debilitating. Treatment for this pain is usually simple and can include medication, ice and heat, rest and exercise. Talk to your doctor today about how to relieve your pain.

 

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