Injury is the most common cause of chronic back pain. It is often related to picking up things in such a way as to harm the spine, its nerves, or the muscles around it. For example, many people trying to lift a heavy object will bend over it with their arms straight and try to pull it towards their chest. This adds a great deal of strain to the back muscles, especially in the lower back region (lumbar). Learning how to lift a heavy object properly(will discuss later in this guide), can help prevent injuries .
Anyone can suffer from back pain at any age, but some things that can increase the risk include:
Heredity, Its their fault!
Some causes of back pain can have a genetic component that follows from generation to generation. It’s not always your fault so chin up and lets work together to find you lower back pain treatments that fit your style and schedule. These would also benefit upper back pain and middle back pain.
Poor physical fitness: You can fix this
Back pain is more common in people who aren’t physically fit. A solid core can be obtained with mild movements that will strengthen the lower and mid back. Check our Exercise page.
Being overweight is so stressful
Carrying extra pounds, especially around the middle, can add undue stress to the back and cause pain and discomfort in various areas of the back. A heavy mid-section can be an indication of weak core muscles increasing the risk of injury. Although we won’t be covering weight loss tips in this book its worth a bit of research. I lost 25lbs by watching what I eat, when I eat and oddly enough ate more often in order to stop my body from thinking it needed to store energy in the form of fat cells. There will be links at the end of this book that could help you in this area should you want or need more info.
Various health issues
Some types of arthritis and cancer can cause back pain. Osteoporosis, a thinning of the bones, can also result in hairline fractures, bone spurs and other structural changes that can cause back pain.
Smokers with bone injuries heal around twice as slowly as non-smokers. One of the reasons may be that they do not circulate enough nutrients in the body to be able to heal bones and support good back health. As they age, their bones can become so brittle that smoker’s cough can trigger back pain and even injury.
If you must lift, push, pull or even sit for extended period of time often in your job, your risk for lower back is much higher. Many companies have back braces to support the spine and offer them to their workers, but they need to be worn correctly to do any good.
If you sit at a desk all day and do not sit up straight or hold good posture, you may also get upper back pain, lower back pain and even neck pain. The most common issues from this type of activity seem to impact the lower back and neck regions. Poor quality chairs and posture is what causes low back pain when sitting. So select a chair that’s best for your full body support
Lower back pain is one of the most common types of back pain and causes, poor quality of life and a potential loss in workplace productivity. Chronic back pain can affect every area of your life, including work, sleep, sex, caring for your children, and so much more.
Fortunately, there are a range of ways to prevent back issues, and to treat them if they do arise. These include natural remedies, medications, and in extreme cases, surgery. The treatments will depend on the root cause of the pain.
Sometimes the cause is obvious, such as an injury. In other cases, the pain is real, but might require a process of elimination to determine where it is coming from and eventually what caused it.
Doctors try to classify the pain in terms of type and location in order try to track down the cause and give effective treatment. See our discussion on Lower Back Pain Treatments