Why you could be suffering from back pains

Why you could be suffering from back pains
Back pain is a condition that is so common but yet to be fully understood. Specialists opine that its causes can be difficult, inscrutable or even impossible to diagnose.
This has therefore earned it the term ‘mechanical’ or non-specific since there is no known obvious cause of back pain.Back pain can however originate from the joints, bones or soft tissues in and around the spine.How do you know that you are suffering from back pain? According to the National Health Service, United Kingdoms health website, here is how you can tell if you are suffering from back pains:

  1. Back pain tends to get better or worse depending on your position. For example, it may feel better when sitting or lying down.
  2. Feeling a lot of pain when moving, although you are advised to avoid moving your back completely, as this can make things worse.
  3. Back pain develops suddenly or gradually.
  4. At times, poor posture or lifting something awkwardly causes pain, but often occurs for no apparent reason

Back pains can also be as a result of a minor injury such as a sprain or strain and feeling stressed or run down although the pain gets better within a few weeks.

The following are other medical conditions that can cause back pain:

1.A slipped disc which can cause back pain and numbness, tingling and weakness in other parts of the body.

2. Sciatica which is an irritation of the nerve that runs from the lower back to the feet and can cause pain, numbness, tingling and weakness in the lower back, buttocks, legs and feet.

3. Ankylosing spondylitis which is the swelling of the joints in the spine and causes pain, stiffness that’s usually worse in the morning and improves with movement.

4. Spondylolisthesis which occurs when a bone slips out of a position and can cause lower back pain and stiffness, as well as numbness and a tingling sensation.

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