Back pain frequently happens to anyone today. While the pain it causes is generally tolerable, it can disrupt people’s daily lives when chronic. In fact, back pain is the number one reason why many employees miss work. As many as 80% of Americans get back pain at some point in their lives. All age groups may have it, but it is more dominant among 35 to 55 years old.
Another thing to know about back pain is that it is one of the leading reasons people visit a doctor. Fortunately, it is rarely a serious condition. Yet, you can’t just ignore it as it can bring about severe pain and extreme discomfort.
Medical experts say that back pain is related to how our ligaments, bones, and muscles connect and function in our backs. Unknown to many, back pain can occur due to infection. Which infection causes back pain? Continue reading to know.
Back pain may also arise due to a problem with any of the following body parts:
- Ligaments around the spine and disc
- Spinal cord and nerves
- Lower back muscles
- Discs between the vertebrae
- Bony lumbar spine
- Abdominal and pelvic internal organs
Who is at Risk For Back Pain?
- Those with anxiety or depression
- Women in general, especially pregnant women
- Older adults
- Workers with stressful jobs
- Those who are living a sedentary lifestyle
- Those doing strenuous exercise or physical work
Back Pain: What Causes It? Why Does It Hurt?
Complex structures of bones, discs, muscles, tendons, and ligaments make up the spine. Discs are cartilage-like cushions in between various parts of the back. If any of these components begin to act up, then back pain is the undesirable result. Unfortunately, in several cases, the cause for back pain is not identified correctly. Here is a list of common reasons for back pain:
Bad posture or everyday activities
- Muscle tension
- Bending awkwardly
- Coughing or sneezing
- Carrying something incorrectly
- Bending down for long periods
- Pushing or pulling something heavy
- Standing up for an extended time
- Driving for prolonged periods without rest
- Straining the neck forward while using a computer or driving a car
When you strain your ligaments and muscles, muscle spasms may follow. Any of the following can cause strain:
- Lifting something improperly
- Lifting something too heavy for your body weight
- Awkward and abrupt movements
A mattress that cannot provide proper support for specific parts of the spine and back can be the culprit behind back pain.
People with sleep issues are highly prone to experience back pain.
Abnormal curvature of the spine
If the spine has an unnatural curve, such as those people with scoliosis, then back pain also becomes their everyday companion.
A disc cushions each vertebra of the spine. Bulges in the disc would put pressure on the nerves and would lead to back pain.
It is similar to a bulging disc. A ruptured disc puts undue pressure on nerves and leads to back pain.
Cancer of the spine
Suppose there is a tumor located on the spine. It may press hard against a nerve and cause severe back pain.
Cauda equina syndrome
The cauda equina is a collection of spinal nerve roots. It can arise from beneath the spinal cord. It is a syndrome associated with dull aching pain felt in the lower back and the upper buttocks. There is also numbness in the buttocks, thighs, and genitalia. As a result, bowel and bladder dysfunctions may happen too.
The bones, with the vertebrae of the spine, become brittle and porous. As a result, it would cause compression fractures.
People with osteoarthritis frequently feel pain in their joints, hands, knees, and lower back. Sometimes, stenosis can happen, meaning the space around the spinal cord becomes narrower.
It is a sharp and shooting pain that originates from the buttocks and runs down the leg’s back. It frequently occurs due to a bulging or herniated disc that presses on a nerve.
Which Infection Causes Back Pain?
Infection of the spine
When a person has a fever accompanied by a tender and warm area on the back, it may indicate an infection of the spine.
It is an infection that disrupts the nerves, causing back pain if the back’s nerve sare involved.
Kidney, bladder, or pelvic inflammatory disease may all be the reason for back pain.
How Can You Relieve Severe Back Pain?
Upper cervical chiropractic care is a successful and useful type of care that has been effective for many years. Upper cervical chiropractors provide patients with back pain relief by focusing on the upper cervical spine’s bones, particularly the C1 (atlas) and C2 (axis) vertebrae.
These bones are responsible for maintaining the proper positioning of the head and neck. They support the head and allow its flexibility and movement in various directions. However, these bones may quickly misalign due to neck or head trauma.
If a misalignment occurs, it will cause the head to sit awkwardly, unevenly on the neck. Thus, it can result in compensations in the spine. As the spine gradually shifts the head’s weight, the nerves and muscles become pinched and irritated. Finally, this would cause various types of back pain and related health problems.
To adjust these kinds of misalignments, we administer a precise and gentle method that encourages the neck bones to return into proper place without force. When the misalignment is corrected, the body initiates self-healing. Thus, it would restore any previous damage done by the misalignment. Finally, the body heals, and inflammation goes away. Many patients experience significant improvements and even an end to back pain.