At one time or another, most people feel the misery of lower back pain. Think about it; the upright spine is as unique to being human as having an opposable thumb. But where it’s easy to see that using our hands and fingers involves every aspect of life, we can’t always say the same about our backs.
We’ve all said things like “My back went out” or “I must have hurt my back”. But these flippant statements fall short of an adequate explanation for back pain. There is always a reason for back pain; it may be common but it’s certainly not normal.
If you’re suffering from back pain, it’s important to distinguish between chronic and acute pain. Acute pain is typically intense and lasts from a few days to several weeks. This kind of pain is generally due to sprains and strains and usually gets better within just a few weeks. Chronic pain, on the other hand, lasts longer than three months. This kind of pain is typically more complicated when it comes to forming a causative diagnosis.
There is a lot to consider when it comes to evaluating the cause of your pain. Our Newcastle under Lyme chiropractor has put together the following check list for you to consider as possible reasons for your back pain:
- Physical stress on the spine
- Having a sedentary job
- A lack of exercise
- Psychological issues
- Depression, stress or anxiety
- Sudden changes in your physical routine
- Poor sleeping patterns
- How well you deal with stress
- Previous injuries or traumas, such as car accidents and sports injuries
- Unknown predispositions
- Medical problems
- Poor posture
- Unhealthy habits such as having a poor diet or smoking
Bear in mind that the complex structure of the human spine makes it prone to accidental sprains and strains. These types of incidents are by far the most common cause of lower back pain. Sprains usually occur when ligaments are overstretched or torn from their attachments. Strains happen when muscles are ripped or torn. Poor posture alone can cause sprains and strains, so it’s always important to consider lifestyle factors when it comes to evaluating the cause of your back problems. The good news is that most of the things that put you at risk of developing back pain can be changed or even eradicated from your life.
Pain is your body’s way of telling you that something isn’t quite right. Don’t ignore it; it is there for a reason. You wouldn’t let an itch go without scratching it, would you?