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Understanding Back Pain

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illions of people experience back pain annually, and it is caused by a wide variety of reasons. Many believe it is simply caused by old age or a weak body, but in reality, those causes make up only a small fraction of the problems that cause back pain. With some, back issues are hereditary. With others, these pains come from activities and strenuous actions that cause injury to the spine and result in back pain.

What are the Causes of Back Pain?

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here are four main factors that cause severe back pain. Aging plays a major role in back problems due to the natural deterioration of the body over time. This causes problems, such as Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD), and breaks down cartilage, potentially causing bulging discs and damaged nerves. Aging is part of life and there is no real cure for back pain caused by aging. However, there are therapeutic and non-invasive ways to relieve that pain and feel more comfortable.

Injuries are another reason for back pain. Many times, athletes, manual labor workers, and other people who tend to be overly active injure themselves more easily than those who are less active. Injuries to the spine can cause lingering, chronic back pain, and often times, surgery might be recommended.

Spinal pain is also caused by hereditary or acquired conditions. Some people are born with diseases such as scoliosis or hereditary arthritis. Conversely, some women endure severe back and neck pain during their 9 month pregnancy. Many of these issues cause fractures and sprains in the spinal column that lead to both acute and chronic back and neck pain.

Finally, tumors and infections are among the least common causes for back pain. Both cause inflammation and irritation of the disc or nerve root, thereby causing restriction of movement and subsequent pain.

How is Back Pain Treated?

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ack pain treatments differ depending on the location of the focal point of the pain. Massages, heat pads, and electrical stimulation (stimulating the muscles) can release tension and relax muscles, temporarily easing pain. Other treatments include injections of steroids, muscle relaxers, and light exercise. In any case, consult a physician at the start of back pain, as it’s residual effects can be costly, both physically and financially, if it is not immediately taken care of.

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