What causes back pain?
A simple answer to this question is, it is probably your life that is
causing your back pain problem.
A primary cause of back pain for many people is because they have made the
mistake of lifting a heavy object in the wrong way. They suffer such pain as a direct side effect of the life they lead, or, more specifically, they often suffer as a ‘side effect’ of the job that they do.
It is a fact that your lower back bears most of the weight of your upper
body, and consequently, most back pain occurs as a result of using
incorrect lifting techniques leading to strained back muscles and
sprained ligaments. Alternatively, it is very common for these sorts of
problems to be caused by an individual making a sudden, jarring
movement that jolts their back and damages a muscle.
You may suffer a back spasm, or build up stress in a particular part of
your back over a period of time that only needs the proverbial straw to
break (or at least damage) your back.
Hence, if you have a back pain that you did not have yesterday, the
first thing to suspect is that you did something yesterday to cause this
pain. It does not need to be something that is particularly strenuous or
difficult, and it is not always obvious what the root cause of your pain
For example, it is a fact of modern life that more and more of us spend
hours every day sitting at a desk in front of a computer. Unfortunately,
your spine is not well designed for hours of physical inactivity sitting
hunched over a computer keyboard, and it is therefore feasible that this
single activity could be just as damaging to your back as would be
lifting an over-heavy object.
It is for this reason that if you are desk bound and working in front of a
computer, you should make an effort to stand at least once every hour,
and if you can have a short distance and wander around, that makes things even
better. Even when you are sitting down, try to change your position and
shift your body weight whenever possible, because it is the inactivity of
not doing so that can adversely affect your back and cause pain.
A similar proviso would apply to any one who spends several hours a
day behind the wheel of their car or truck. Take regular breaks, have a
stroll about, and remember to shift your weight as regularly as possible
while you are behind the wheel.
If you are unfortunate enough to wake up in the morning with a back
pain, it is unlikely that you are going to be able to make the necessary
changes to your daily routine immediately.
However, once the pain has abated, that is the time to make changes to
your routine. Focus in particular on those aspects of your daily
activities that might have caused the initial back problem.
While there are obviously specific medical conditions that cause back
pain, more often than not intermittent back pain is caused by a specific aspect of your daily routine or lifestyle.
In this scenario, it should not be difficult to isolate exactly what has
caused the problem for most people, and therefore it should also be
easy to make the changes necessary to prevent the problem coming
For most people, their bad back condition is only likely to last a few
days or a couple of weeks at the outside. In this case, prevention of a
re-occurrence is largely down to being able to pinpoint what caused
your bad back in the first place, and making the necessary changes to
ensure that the same situation does not arise again in the future.
Of course, there may be more to it than simply making a small change
in your lifestyle.
For example, if you are seriously overweight, this fact significantly
increases the chances of you suffering back pain. As your spine and
lower back supports your body weight, there is simply too much weight
for it to do so properly.
In this case, the only answer that is going to be effective in the longer
term is to reduce your weight significantly. Unfortunately, this is not
likely to be a speedy process, on the basis that if you are carrying
enough excess weight to cause a back problem, it is likely to take some
time to shift that excess weight.
Similarly, if the cause of your current back pain problem was an
accident (e.g. whiplash injuries from a motor vehicle accident), then
you may have suffered long-term damage that is going to require a
significant degree of medical treatment in order to effect a cure.
Obviously, no-one has a major accident deliberately, and therefore
lifestyle changes are not going to address the root cause of the
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