More than 50% of American adults currently suffer from back pain.
Worst yet, according to the American Chiropractic Association, over 80% of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives.
However, there is hope! Becoming familiar with the causes of back pain and their subsequent treatment options can help you lose the back pain.
While both men and women can develop back problems, some causes of back pain primarily affect women. Other groups susceptible to chronic back pain include the elderly, athletes, the overweight and people with a genetic disposition to back problems.
6 Common Causes of Back Pain
The primary causes of back pain are related to muscular sprains and strains, spinal disc injuries and diseases which affect the joints, such as arthritis. Acute back pain stems from a short term injury or strain and can be treated with rest and readjustment.
Chronic causes of back pain are generally more difficult to identify and treat. While many of the symptoms are similar, identifying the underlying causes is the key to finding effective treatment.
Considered fairly rare among the causes of back pain, Coccydynia is a localized pain that stems from the coccyx or tailbone. This condition can manifest as the result of a fall, from giving birth or having an extremely sedentary job and lifestyle.
Lower back pain caused by Coccydynia is almost always aggravated by sitting. The most effective treatment for this type of back pain is exercise and weight loss, if you are overweight.
Treatment for severe cases of this condition can include a surgical removal of the coccyx.
Pregnancy Related Back Pain
It is common knowledge that pregnancy is one of the main causes of back pain in women. The additional weight of the baby, combined with birth related hormones can result in moderate to severe back pain in pregnant women.
The best way to heal n soothe pregnancy-related back pain is low-impact exercise, such as water aerobics, which also features a light stretching routine.
Check out this Printable Fit Pregnancy Home Workout Routine
One of the most well documented, but least understood causes of back pain is degenerative arthritis of the spine. While most frequently seen in elderly patients, Osteoarthritis can affect younger patients as well.
Arthritis causes the disintegration of cartilage, the cushioning material that supports spinal vertebrae. While there is no cure for Osteoarthritis, patients can receive treatments for pain management.
Arguably one of the most common causes of back pain, muscle strain can be the result of stress, bad posture, repetitive activities or applying too much force to the back muscles. Muscle strain injuries are typically treated with a combination of exercise, rest and soothing massages especially designed to rub on relief.
However, of the three treatment options available for the treatment of this type of back pain, massage is the most effective. A 30 minute massage, either by a professional or a family member, is one of the most effective ways to relief the pain of sore back muscles.
If you choose to exercise your back pain away, Yoga, Pilates and swimming are your safest and most effective options.
One of the most painful causes of back pain is a herniated disc. When spinal cartilage is pushed up against the sensitive nerves in your back, the result is a herniated or bulging disc. If the affected never is the Sciatic nerve that runs down your spinal column, pain can extend down into your legs and feet.
Treatment for back pain stemming from spinal vertebrae issues can include medication, physical therapy, and occasionally, surgery.
Sciatica Nerve Pain
Compression of the Sciatic nerve roots caused by a herniated or protruding disc in the lower back is the main cause of Sciatica nerve pain.
Common symptoms of Sciatica nerve pain include:
- Lower back pain
- Back and leg pain that is aggravated by sitting
- Sharp, chronic pain in the buttocks muscle (This condition is literary a pain in the butt)
- Pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the leg
- Difficulty moving and controlling the affected leg
Treatment options for Sciatica nerve pain often vary depending on the underlying cause of the condition. Therefore, if you are experiencing this type of nerve pain please consult your doctor or chiropractor for treatment options.
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