One of the most common complain that we face today is of a lot back pain. In the rat race of survival when we are on the constant move, physically we ignore taking care of our body to the extent when the body itself revolts and calls it quits. A sudden piercing and excruciating back pain eventually leads to a mad dash to the doctor’s clinic which yields the same result – pain killers and bed rest.
Here are some of the reasons for back pain knowledge of which might just give a few tips to avoid that pain.
1.Bad posture: Today when most of our work is sedentary, it is the upper body which is either bent forward, stretched or used for movement – turning and twisting. If at this point a wrong body posture is practised, it leads to the spine being bent at an abnormal angel which makes the spine stiff and painful.
2. Obesity: A major reason for back pain is overweight and obesity. The body structure is made to support the ideal weight meant for each depending on age, height and frame of the body. When the body starts gaining weight, it puts a lot of pressure on the spinal cord as the spine has to support a heavier upper body. This leads to back pain in many.
Even in pregnancy, with a life growing inside the womb and gaining weight rapidly, a woman’s body during pregnancy bears the weight of two. The supporting spine is strong enough but after a hard days labour the spine also screams and aches resulting in back pain.
3. Stress: The killer dosage of stress in everyday life where maintaining an equilibrium of life itself is so difficult that stress has become the sermon of human existence. The stress, mental and physical collectively leads to strain on the back muscles among others which leads to back aches.
4. Calcium and vitamin D deficiency: It makes the structure of spinal cord weaken and these brittle bones give tremendous aches and pains.
5. Disc tear: Our everyday work involves a lot of work including a lot of sudden movements walking fast, running, jogging, bending, kneeling, etc. Generally with age these movements put pressure on the discs, the small bony structures between the vertebrae in spinal cord. A small tear or a hurt on the disc can result in acute back pain.
6. Spondylitis: A very common term used by many to refer to their back pain Spondylitis refer to the resultant back pain due to the movement of the vertebrae -either sliding forward or getting stacked up on one another. It is but obvious that this will pinch the nerves at times pressing them down. The result is back pain.
7. Spinal stenosis: When the area around the spinal cord narrows down due to bone spurs, it presses down on the nerves. When this happens even a slight movement can cause extreme pain.
8. Scoliosis: Due to a lot of reasons the spinal cord at times curves. Such a curvature many a times is due to obesity among other reasons.
9. Sciatica pain: Also referred to as slipped disc, this pain results from the Sciatica nerve being compressed. The sciatica nerve is the longest nerve in the body which begins at the back of the pelvic, moves over the buttocks and travels down the calf muscle to end at the foot. The Sciatica back pain can be extremely painful to bear.
10. Frozen shoulder: Also known as shoulder Contracture this is an extremely painful condition when the flexible nerves around the shoulder becomes thick and inflamed. This kind of back pain at the shoulder renders movement to the minimum sometimes to none.
Most of us know the reasons of back pain along with the ways to handle it. However complying with these tips is always out of our minds. Don’t we all know that long hours spent sitting at the office desk calls for a straight back to be maintained? Do we really care? And thus we welcome ourselves to the world of back aches and pains.