Major Causes of Back Pain

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  Medication and even physical therapy may help relieve the symptoms, but you’d still like to know why you’re in so much pain.

Back pain comes in a variety of levels and for different reasons. Here are just a few reasons why you may be shuffling around like your grandmother.

Bulging disc (also called protruding, herniated, or ruptured disc).Your discs are always under pressure. As you age they degenerate and become weak.  The cartilage can bulge outward and push into the space where your spinal cord or nerve root lives.  This is what causes pain. Your lower back is most at risk for this kind of back pain. If your disc is pushed so far into the spinal canal that it compresses the bundle of lumbar and sacral nerve roots can leave you with permanent damage.  This is called Cauda Equina Syndrome.

Sciatica happens when your herniated or bulging or ruptured disc presses on the sciatic nerve.  This is a rather large and lengthy nerve that comes down the spinal column, exits in the pelvis area and extends nerves down each leg. This particular pain is a shock-like or burning lower pain in the back that runs down your rear end to your legs. If he nerve is compressed between the disc and a nearby bone there won’t be pain, instead there will be loss of feeling and less motor control over the leg because your nerve isn’t functioning.

Spinal degeneration is caused by wear and age on the disc which can lead to narrowing of the spinal canal. This causes stiffness in the spine in the morning and pain after a person stands or walks for any length of time.

Spinal stenosis related to congenital narrowing of the bony canal predisposes some people to pain related to disc disease.

Osteoporosis is a metabolic bone disease where you loses bone density and strength which leads to fractures, breaks and a great deal of pain.  This occurs because the body is failing to make new bone.  Women suffer from this condition four times more than men,

Skeletal defects can put pressure on the vertebrae and supporting muscles, tendons, ligaments, and tissues supported by spinal column. There are several specific spinal defects and each one brings with it the possibility of back pain. There is Kyphosis, Lordosis, Back Extension and Back Flexion, among other spinal defects.

Fibromyalgia can also cause back pain as well as musculoskeletal pain over a wide area of the body.  Tender points are also present with this condition.

Spondylitis causes pain and stiffness in the spine due to a severe infection or inflammation of the spinal joints. This is a chronic condition.  Osteomyelitis, an infection of the bone, can also cause back pain.

Back pain can occur for many reasons, some as simple as moving the wrong way and straining a muscle.  You need to be aware of your body and the signals it’s sending you.  Pain means something is amiss and you need to find out what it is and how you can correct it.  You’re far too young to be shuffling around like your grandfather.


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