An Insight Into The Top Causes of Backache

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One frequently makes a visit to the doctor because of backache. By the time an individual reaches the age of 50, 9 out of 10 people will have experienced backache, which is the major cause of disability in individuals under 45. To bring us relief, doctors may prescribe everything from acupuncture to surgery. We on the other hand spend money trying to cure our backache like we do for other diseases. This article acts as a guide and will help the individuals fix their backache problem.

Cause no.1: Spinal problem  

Aging and injury might cause the herniated disc to get ruptured or bulged, thereby exerting pressure on the nerves of spine and leading to unbearable back pain. This might also lead to sciatic pain which is due to the pressure from herniated disc. Arthritis also causes lower back pain. The last resort is back surgery because of the intricate structure of the spinal column and numerous nerves. But the procedure is very risky and the success rate is just 50%. Researchers say that one should try other approaches and treatments to reduce pain and think before opting to go under the knife.

Cause no.2: Emotional stress:

When an individual is stressed, he tends to hold tension in his lower back, which then aggravates and prolongs back pain. One should exercise regularly to relive stress as well as strengthen back muscles. One can try applying ointment along with camphor and menthol. Massage will also help in decreasing tension across the shoulders and fetch blood flow and oxygen to the area.

Cause no.3: Regular Habits:

Little things that one does in everyday life can also add to back pain. These things can be wearing high heels, carrying thick wallets and heavy bags (if they carry more than 10% of the body weight), driving car for more than 4 hours in a day, sitting continuously for long hours,  slouching bad posture and bending and twisting while lifting something.

As per the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, “Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and usually lasts from a few days to a few weeks. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months.” They also said that “most back pain goes away on its own, though it may take awhile. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and resting can help. However, staying in bed for more than 1 or 2 days can make it worse.”

Individuals should exercise regularly, opt for yoga classes or physical therapies to remain healthy and hence cure their back pain.


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