Back Pain

Back Pain

Back pain is a very common complaint. Back pain is a common reason for absence from work, or visiting the doctor’s. Although back pain may be painful and uncomfortable, it is not usually serious.  Even though back pain can affect people of any age, it is significantly more common among adults aged between 35 and 55 years.  Experts say that back pain is associated with the way our bones, muscles and ligaments in our backs work together.  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.

Everyday activities or poor posture

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

  • Bending awkwardly
  • Pushing something
  • Pulling something
  • Carrying something
  • Lifting something
  • Standing for long periods
  • Bending down for long periods
  • Twisting
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Muscle tension
  • Over-stretching
  • Sitting in a hunched position for long periods (e.g. when driving)
  • Long driving sessions without a break (even when not hunched)

Sources:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com

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