It is important to be aware of not just the causes of back pain, but the various symptoms as well in order to identify the pain’s root cause.
Though it might not sound as serious as other medical conditions, back pain can lead to lasting discomfort and physical inability if left untreated. Fortunately the causes of back pain are rarely traced to severe conditions such as infections or fractures; however it is not always easy to pinpoint the exact source that is causing the pain.
The back is a complex framework of muscles, joints, ligaments, and bones, and therefore pain can arise from a variety of causes
Some of the most common causes of back pain:
* Strained Muscles or Ligaments – Usually strained after repeated heavy lifting or sudden awkward movements.
* Herniated Disks – The series of stacked vertebrae that make up the spine are cushioned by disks, which consist of an inner and outer portion. Sometimes the inner part of the disk will rupture and protrude into the outer part, which can cause significant back pain by placing added pressure on surrounding muscles and nerves.
* Arthritis. – Spinal arthritis can cause severe back pain. Spinal arthritis occurs when cartilage in the spine becomes worn down, causing inflammation of the vertebral joints. Spinal arthritis is also unique in that it can affect other parts of the body; arthritis can pinch and compress nerves in the spine which also connect to other body parts. In turn, one might experience pain in other areas such as the buttocks or upper thighs.
Symptoms of back pain vary from person to person
Considering the extensive possibilities of what might be causing the pain, it is important to be able to identify individual back pain symptoms as they can help indicate the root cause.
Back pain usually manifests as an aching muscular pain, and can be accompanied by muscle spasms
However, pain in the back might also consist of a stabbing or shooting pain that can potentially extend to the legs and feet. Lower back pain that extends to one’s legs and feet can be a symptom of Sciatica, which is an irritation of the sciatic nerve (often times due to a herniated disk). Various physical activities or sitting positions can also induce and/or alleviate pain. For example, prolonged periods of sitting can cause pain by putting pressure on vertebral disks, which can be alleviated by light exercise or stretching. Conversely, walking or exercising can also induce back pain. Back pain induced by walking or exercise might be indicative of spinal stenosis, which is a condition that occurs when the spaces in between spinal vertebrae begin to narrow over time. It is important to be aware of the various symptoms and forms of back pain, as understanding the nature of the pain can help illuminate the underlying cause.
While back pain is incredibly common and in many cases unavoidable, there are several things one can do to prevent or at lease mitigate the pain’s severity.
* Wearing comfortable shoes that fit well.
* Lifting heavy objects properly.
* Maintaining good posture.
* Exercising/Dieting regularly.
Additionally, anti-inflammatory products can aid symptoms of back pain. In fact, Americans spend over a billion dollars a year on back pain treatment. We strive to create products that not only bring back pain relief cream, that do so using all-natural and plant-based ingredients at an affordable price.