Back Off, Pain!

Back pain can come and go, be low or high, and hit at any time. There are many different types of back pain and many different causes. Some are chronic, some are muscular, and some can be fixed simply by adjusting your posture. But no matter the type or cause, back pain can be difficult to handle. Learning the types of back pain, causes of back pain and potential treatments can help, but always consult your doctor about back pain and before you take any steps to fix it.

Strain is a common cause of back pain. Strain can come from lifting something heavy, lifting with the incorrect posture, or from internal factors such as damaged discs, muscle spasms, or other injuries.
Other causes of back pain include internal structure issues such as scoliosis, sciatica, or bulging or ruptured discs and bad posture.
Although anyone can experience back pain, the following are at higher risk:

  • Pregnant women
  • People who are inactive or don’t regularly engage in physical activity
  • Older men and women
  • Smokers
  • Those with strenuous occupations

Lower back pain is more common in women than in men.

Back pain will often go away on its own. However, you should consult a doctor if the back pain is persistent or is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Pain that goes down the legs
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Inflammation
  • Difficulty urinating

A doctor should also be consulted if an injury was recently sustained to the back or if back pain does not lessen after laying down. Knowing the types of back pain and its causes are important to alleviating pain and encouraging a healthy, mobile lifestyle.

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