Lower Back Pain – Putting an End to Back Pain

by Doctor

Many people suffer from lower back pain at some time in their lives.   There are many things that can cause lower back pain and many ways to relive and prevent it too.

Most common causes of lower back pain are from strains and sprains.  Even though our back muscles are very large, strong muscles they are still susceptible to rips and tears, which is more commonly known as a strain.  This occurs when a heavy,  sudden load or force is applied to the muscle when it’s not ready.

The muscles and the blood vessels then basically rip. This then causes bleeding into the affected area.

Interestingly, it can be a few hours before there is enough damage or irritation to the area, before pain is felt, and this is why many people cannot isolate the incident or can carry on with the task at hand, oblivious to the injury that has just occurred.  Symptoms such as pain, swelling and muscles spasm will soon be felt, indicating that something is wrong.

Sprains on the other hand are the over stretching of the ligaments.  The ligaments can be stretched to over capacity and if stretched too far, can literally snap.  This is extremely painful.  Whatís even more painful is when a sprain and a strain occur simultaneously.   This is common when a person takes a tumble or following an automobile accident or the like.

Lower back pain can be caused by many different ailments.  Irritation of the Sciatic nerve called Sciatica is a common cause of lower back pain. This can range from a mild irritation to rendering the person a cripple, unable to move.  A slipped disc or a bulging disc, a prolapsed disc or a disc extrusion can all cause lower back pain. Then there is a disc injury known as a sequestrated disc which is when fragments of the disc come to lay well outside of the disc area in the spinal cord.  Any kind of disc injury is bound to be associated with extreme back pain, regardless of where the injury site may be.

Lower back pain can also be a sign of more severe ailments, although very rare.  Kidney stones will begin with severe back pain. Urinary tract infections will also begin this way.  Also some rare tumors can cause lower back pain, however generally itís due to muscles that have been injured or are out of balance, which can be easily corrected with exercise.

Incorrect posture plays a large role in acquiring lower back pain.  Sitting at a desk all day as many office workers do, does nothing to help our lower backs.  Often we have an ergonomic chair, desk and keyboard, however many people still sit incorrectly and slump over in their chairs.  Sitting up straight with shoulders back and feet flat on the floor is the correct posture to adopt.

If you suffer from lower back pain, and have concerns, then definitely have your doctor check it out.  Lower back pain should not last for more than a few weeks, anything longer than this needs to be investigated.

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