Back Pain- How To Deal With It

Back pain complaints is becoming a common problem people experience at some point in their life. Back pain wouldn’t just set on, one or two triggers might just be culprit for that agonizing pain you’re experiencing. Back pain may be triggered by bad posture while sitting or standing, bending awkwardly, or lifting incorrectly.

It’s quite disturbing to hear younger ones below 20-35 years old, complaning of backpain. People who are above 40 years predominantly, suffer back pain. Experts say that back pain is associated with the way our bones, muscles and ligaments in our backs work and connect together.

Note:Pain in the lower back may be linked to the bony lumbar spine, discs between the vertebrae, ligaments around the spine and discs, spinal cord and nerves, lower back muscles, abdomen and pelvic internal organs, and the skin around the lumbar area. Pain in the upper back may be due to disorders of the aorta, tumors in the chest, and spine inflammation.

Causes of Back pain

The human back is composed of a complex structure of muscles, ligaments, tendons, disks and bones – the segments of our spine are cushioned with cartilage-like pads called disks. A man with visible spine holds his back.

The most common causes of back pain are:

  • Strained muscles
  • Strained ligaments
  • A muscle spasm

Things that can lead to strains or spasms include:

  • Lifting something improperly
  • Lifting something that is too heavy
  • The result of an abrupt and awkward movement

Structural problems – the following structural problems may also result in back pain:

  • Ruptured disks – each vertebra in our spine is cushioned by disks. If the disk ruptures there will be more pressure on a nerve, resulting in back pain.
  • Bulging disks – in much the same way as ruptured disks, a bulging disk can result in more pressure on a nerve.
  • Sciatica – a sharp and shooting pain that travels through the buttock and down the back of the leg, caused by a bulging or herniated disk pressing on a nerve.
  • Arthritis – patients with osteoarthritis commonly experience problems with the joints in the hips, lower back, knees and hands. In some cases spinal stenosis can develop, which is the term used to describe when the space around the spinal cord narrows.
  • Abnormal curvature of the spine – if the spine curves in an unusual way the patient is more likely to experience back pain. An example is scoliosis, a condition in which the spine curves to the side.
  • Osteoporosis – bones, including the vertebrae of the spine, become brittle and porous, making compression fractures more likely.
  • Cancer of the spine – a tumor located on the spine may press against a nerve, resulting in back pain.
  • Infection of the spine – if the patient has an elevated body temperature (fever) as well as a tender warm area on the back, it could be caused by an infection of the spine.
  • Other infections – pelvic inflammatory disease (females), bladder, or kidney infections may also lead to back pain.
  • Sleep disorders – individuals with sleep disorders are more likely to experience back pain, compared to others.
  • Bad mattress – if a mattress does not support specific parts of the body and keep the spine straight, there is a greater risk of developing back pain.

*Our daily activities or poor posture that can invite Backpain.

Back pain can also be the result of some everyday activity or poor posture. Examples include:

  1. Adopting a very hunched sitting position when using computers can result in increased back and shoulder problems over time.
  2. Bending awkwardly
  3. Pushing something
  4. Pulling something
  5. Carrying something
  6. Lifting something
  7. Standing for too long
  8. Bending down for long
  9. Coughing
  10. Sneezing

Treatment

We’ve seen the possible causes of back pain. Some back pain might not cause room for worries. Pain relievers and avoidance of the triggers of backpain is very essential .

Stop activity that increases pain. Remember, if there isn’t any form of improvement after several trials, consult your doctor. Other forms of medications can be prescribed.

Medications

Your doctor might recommend the following:

  • Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB, others) or naproxen sodium (Aleve), might relieve acute back pain.
  • Muscle relaxants. If mild to moderate back pain doesn’t improve with OTC pain relievers, your doctor may also prescribe a muscle relaxant. Please note: Muscle relaxants can make you dizzy and sleepy.
  • Topical pain relievers. These are creams, salves or ointments you rub into your skin at the site of your pain.
  • Injections. If other measures don’t relieve your pain and if your pain radiates down your leg, your doctor may inject cortisone — an anti-inflammatory medication — or numbing medication into the space around your spinal cord (epidural space). A cortisone injection helps decrease inflammation around the nerve roots, but the pain relief usually lasts less than a few months.

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