Six Common Causes of Back Pain
Back pain doesn’t discriminate. From chronic discomfort to debilitating pain, if you haven’t experienced any kind of back pain in your life, you’re lucky – and probably overdue. Whether young or old, male or female, chances are, you’ll experience some level of back pain or discomfort, sooner rather than later.
One of the reasons back pain is so widespread is because the causes are so numerous. However, there’s hope; many of the most common causes of back pain are either fixable or treatable.
Let’s look at six common causes of back pain:
As more and more jobs transition to a desk and a computer, cases of back pain have soared. Coincidence? Hardly. Spending eight, or more, hours a day hunched over a keyboard isn’t exactly conducive to good posture. And spending your evenings couch surfing is only going to make it worse. Even if you don’t work at a desk all day, there are plenty of other jobs that contribute to poor posture and back pain.
Muscle pulls, tears, and other damage
If a desk and a computer aren’t your problem, it’s possible your back pain is the result of an injury. This sounds like a no-brainer, but the catch is that today’s back pain could be caused by a recent injury or even one that happened years ago.
In some cases, arthritis can cause the space around the spinal cord to narrow, leading to a condition called spinal stenosis.
Weakening bone structure can cause painful fractures in your spinal vertebrae.
Sciatica, bulging or ruptured disks, and scoliosis are all structural issues that can lead to back pain.
If back pain is accompanied by additional symptoms like weight loss, urinary incontinence, fever, or numbness, or if the pain persists while lying down and resting, it could be a sign that something more serious is the cause. In this situation, you should see a doctor promptly.
Don’t despair: treatment options
Fortunately, many of the most common causes of back pain are treatable. Either lifestyle changes or interventions like chiropractic, massage, or TENS therapy can ease your pain.
Before you ask your doctor for a prescription, give these a try:
Low impact movement, like swimming or walking, can help your back muscles get stronger. Keeping those muscles strong helps support good posture. Muscle building exercises that focus on your abdomen and back can also help support your back. Just don’t overdo it, and be sure you don’t neglect either side of your torso. In fact, muscle imbalance, when either your front or back is weaker than the other, can cause back pain.
Maintain a healthy weight
Fortunately, one of the byproducts of increased exercise is weight loss. Maintaining a healthy weight can significantly reduce back pain. More weight means more strain on your spine and muscles, so keeping your weight at a healthy level is good for your back health.
Pay attention to posture
Don’t slouch. If you stand for long periods, shift your weight between your feet. For sitters, make sure your knees and hips are level. Pay attention to your shoulder position, and try not to let your back arch if you’re working on a computer. Putting a rolled up towel in the small of your back can help.
If you have to lift heavy objects, use your legs, not your back muscles.
If you’re still having trouble with your back, it may be time for a medical intervention, like these drug-free approaches to pain relief. You can also give TENS therapy a try. Your chiropractor or physical therapist may perform TENS therapy in their office, but with the WiTouch Pro, you can experience the pain relief provided by TENS therapy in your own home or on the go.