The professional tradesperson and laborer needs a strong backbone to endure countless hours of strain and hardships. The medical community to essential sanitation department there is no industry of business that is beyond the debilitating effects of back pains. But why is it that some people are consistently enduring hardships while others seem to be over back pains rather quickly?
The truth is that no two back pains are alike, even though many have similar causes. Back pains can be experienced at the top of the back, in the middle or even at the base of the back in the sensitive lumbar region. Some back pain can be especially persistent and difficult to treat. This is when it is important to fully understand the most common and a few uncommon, causes of back pains.
The following article will include an overview of this topic. It is important to remember that even though your back pain may feel much worse after a day of sitting behind a desk, it is not necessarily the desk, chair or activities you engage in that are the causes of your back pain. Often times, strains and effort in the workplace simply aggravate an already sensitive condition.
Maintaining a position for long periods of time will place a certain amount of pain and stress on your shoulders. But, if you find that it is difficult to maintain correct postures without developing scathing pains, you may need to see a medical professional about the condition.
Most Common Causes of Back Pains
- Latent Injuries
While it may seem, sufficient time has passed since that bad sprain a few years back, these injuries can take a long time for their final effects to be healed. Conditions like osteoporosis can affect the vertebrae causing smaller fractures to occur and often go unnoticed, except for the terrible pains that can be experienced. Unless properly addressed from the onset, injuries to the bones, ligaments and tissues of the back can be especially painful.
- Infections and tumors
A few fairly uncommon causes of back pain deserve an important mention here. Sometimes inflammation and pain can be the cause of a fungal or bacterial presence in the discs of the vertebrae, within the bone tissues or even within the spinal tissue itself.
Tumors in this region are less common but can also be a source of excruciating back pains. Spinal tumors, called Neoplasms, can be primary or metastatic. Metastatic tumors have migrated to the spine from other parts of the body, such as the breasts, lungs or kidneys. Primary tumors are those that originate in this spinal area from the nerves or vertebral body.
- Acquired diseases and spinal conditions
There is an assortment of medical conditions that can result in severe back pains.
Scoliosis – the irregular curvature of the spine may go unnoticed for your entire life but can begin to cause back pains around the 40s and 50s.
Spondylolisthesis – this condition is caused by a vertebra that has slipped from its position and is improperly contacting the bone below.
Arthritis – there are few types of arthritis and all affect the joints.
Spinal Stenosis – In this condition the proportions of the spinal column shrink and place pressure on your spinal cord and the sensitive nerve fibers.
Osteoporosis – while the condition in itself is painless and great care should be taken to avoid injuries, it does increase the risks of fractures in the vertebrae which are considerably uncomfortable.
Fibromyalgia – this condition has been known to cause suffering throughout the muscles systems and the back muscle systems can be the most affected.
Kidney Infections -the kidneys can become inflamed and very painful when infected(UTI). Because they are in this region often confused for back pains.
- Mechanical Issues
“Mechanical issues” refer to the variety of irregularities that can affect the precision process that holds the body upright and in motion and often results in back pain. For example, the back can suffer from degeneration with age. Someone wearing the improper shoe type can develop an unhealthy gait that affects the proper mechanics of the back and the body’s balance. As the degeneration becomes more advanced, the cushioning between the vertebrae disappears in specific spots making other specific activities painful. Other mechanical issues include muscle spasms, herniated discs, issues with the sacral bone etc.
Another loosely related cause of back and neck pains is stress. While it may not cause the pain initially, stress can greatly affect the intensity of the discomfort and how long it lasts. Furthermore, stressful work can easily lead to improper postures and sleeping positions which begin a cycle of tendencies that culminate in strained and potentially injured back muscles.
- Lethargy and Obesity
The muscles of the back have an important job in maintaining the body’s balance. They do this in conjunction with the core muscles, leg muscles, shoulders and so on to the toes and fingers. For the body’s muscle systems to work well together and be more resilient to injury, they need to be exercised. When the muscles are not working optimally, weight is not distributed properly when picking things up or extending the body. This can lead to serious strain on the back joints and muscles when accomplishing the smallest tasks, like reaching for a bag of potato chips or climbing out of bed. Especially tall and especially heavy individuals are at a greater risk of unexpected back injuries.
Back pain may enter your life from a wide variety of experiences, conditions and accidents. The first step in finding real time pain relief or at least reducing your discomfort to manageable levels is by understand what type of pains you are experiencing. If you have had recurring pain in the back that has not gone away after a few weeks, the conditions could be very serious. (Or maybe you really need a better mattress?). Having your conditions examined by a qualified member of the medical community will provide the diagnosis necessary to prescribe an effective treatment.