Have you ever tried to stand up and couldn’t due to pain you experienced in your lower back? There are varying degrees of pain that those who suffer from backache may experience, and there are many possible causes for this too. Below, you’ll see three of the most common causes of back pain.
Too Much Screen Time
Nine hours — that’s how long the average person spends hunched over or slouched in front of a screen each day. A Temple University study suggested that increased texting on our latest tech obsessions — smartphones and tablets — is creating more aches and pains in our shoulders, necks, and backs. “It’s important to take breaks, do neck exercises, and occasionally hold your phone or tablet out in front of you,” says Deborah Venesy, MD, a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Spine Health. For a simple neck reliever, hold your head for 10 seconds in each of the following positions: forward, back, left, and right. Repeat this five times a day. Source: FitnessMagazine
Back Muscle Strain
A back-muscle strain or ligament strain is one of the most common causes of acute lower back pain. Lifting a heavy object, twisting, or a sudden movement can cause muscles or ligaments stretch or develop microscopic tears.
With a lower back strain, the severity of the pain ranges from mild discomfort to severe, disabling pain, depending on the extent of strain and the lower back muscle spasms that result from the injury. Source: Spine-Health
Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes
Musculoskeletal Pain Syndromes that produce lower back pain include myofascial pain syndromes and fibromyalgia.
Myofascial pain is characterised by pain and tenderness over localised areas (trigger points), loss of range of motion in the involved muscle groups and pain radiating in a characteristic distribution but restricted to a peripheral nerve. Relief of pain is often reported when the involved muscle group is stretched.
Fibromyalgia is a poorly understood condition defined as causing pain and tenderness at 11 of 18 ‘tender points’ when touched, one of which is the lower back area. Generalised stiffness, fatigue and muscle ache are reported. Source: WebMD.Boots
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