The Common Causes and Treatments for Back Pain

Pain Relief

Back pain can occur in the lower, middle or upper back, and can vary from mild to excruciating pain. Back pain is one of the most common conditions, with around 80% of the population experiencing back pain at some point. In America, it is the most common reason why people will visit their general practitioner.

Back pain can be split into several categories - tailbone, lower back, upper back and neck pain. The intensity of pain will vary depending on where it is located. It may be there all the time, it may come and go, it may be confined to one specific place, or may be all over. The type of pain can be classed as an ache, or it could be a kind of searing pain. Pain which occurs for more than 3 months is described as chronic back pain.

In the upper back, it can be caused by poor posture, strain of some sort, ruptured discs, and heart disease, amongst other things. In the middle back, it can be caused by heavy lifting, disease of the gallbladder, heavy lifting, pregnancy and many other conditions. In the lower back, it can be caused by disc problems, damage by heavy lifting, Reiter's Syndrome and other causes.

There are many different causes. These causes can be split into back injuries, problems with the spine and nerve damage. Injuries to the back are quite common, but muscle and ligament problems, heavy lifting, muscle spasm and problems with the discs are more likely to cause problems. Spinal problems can also be caused by many things, some of which include arthritis, cancer in the bones, osteoarthritis, cervical spondylosis and osteoporosis.

Nerve damage to the spine is often caused by shingles. Shingles is caused by the same virus which causes chickenpox, and can bring on severe nerve pain and a skin rash. One way to avoid getting shingles is to be vaccinated against it.

Other causes of back pain can include carrying too much weight, sitting in the one position for too long, or anything else which can cause an imbalance. Pain can also come from strains in the ligaments which can cause muscle spasms.

Whatever the location or cause, it can be extremely painful, and in some cases, life changing. There are many treatments available. The treatment will depend on where the pain is, and what is causing it. You don't have to put up with it for the rest of your life, so seek treatment as soon as you can.