Backaches

Back pain is a very common complaint. According to the Mayo Clinic, USA, approximately 80% of all Americans will have low back pain at least once in their lives. Back pain is a common reason for absence from work, or visiting the doctor.

Back pain is a very common complaint. According to the Mayo Clinic, USA, approximately 80% of all Americans will have low back pain at least once in their lives. Back pain is a common reason for absence from work, or visiting the doctor.

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Although they are all combined under the umbrella term of “backaches,” the different pains people can experience in their back can vary greatly. Part of the reason for this wide range of backaches is the many different conditions and experiences which may cause a backache in the first place. If you are struggling with back pain, read through this list about some of the most common causes of backaches. It might just help you figure out what’s been causing your pain and how to avoid it. However, chronic or severe backaches may be a sign of something serious, so you should always talk to a doctor if you are feeling this type of pain.

10 Common Causes of Backaches and Pain

  1. Sprains
  2. Fractures
  3. Osteoarthritis
  4. Herniated Disks
  5. Obesity
  6. Fibromyalgia
  7. Pregnancy
  8. Sleeping Positions
  9. Bad Posture
  10. Stress and Anxiety

Even though back pain can affect people of any age, it is significantly more common among adults aged between 35 and 55 years.

Experts say that back pain is associated with the way our bones, muscles and ligaments in our backs work together.

Pain in the lower back may be linked to the bony lumbar spine, discs between the vertebrae, ligaments around the spine and discs, spinal cord and nerves, lower back muscles, abdomen and pelvic internal organs, and the skin around the lumbar area. Pain in the upper back may be due to disorders of the aorta, tumors in the chest, and spine inflammation.

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What are the risk factors for back pain?

A risk factor is something which increases the likelihood of developing a condition or disease. For example, obesity significantly raises the risk of developing diabetes type 2. Therefore, obesity is a risk factor for diabetes type 2. The following factors are linked to a higher risk of developing low back pain:

 

  • A mentally stressful job
  • Pregnancy – pregnant women are much more likely to get back pain
  • A sedentary lifestyle
  • Age – older adults are more susceptible than young adults or children
  • Anxiety

 

 

  • Depression
  • Gender – back pain is more common among females than males
  • Obesity/overweight
  • Smoking
  • Strenuous physical exercise (especially if not done properly)
  • Strenuous physical work

 

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