Back Pain

A physical discomfort that occurs anywhere on the spine or back with mild symptoms or sometimes needs severe medical attention. It could be a result of physical injury, activities, or medical conditions. Back pain affects any person regardless of their age. As you get older, the probability of having lower back pain is high due to factors like bone weakness, previous occupation, etc.

Reasons for back pain

The human back is a complex structure. It encompasses muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and disks, which help us with our mobility. Our spine has segments that are cushioned by pads called disks. Problems with any of the above components will give you back pain. In some cases the reason is unclear. The main reasons which damage your back are

  • Strain
  • Posture
  • Medical conditions

Strain

The most usual reason for back pain is strain caused by any injury or even stress. It would result in strain in muscles, muscle cramps, disk damage. Some of the activities that are related to strain are:

  • Lifting heavy weight objects
  • Lifting improperly
  • Making a sudden movement

Medical conditions

Some medical conditions related to your back may also result in back pain.

Ruptured disk: Our spine segments(vertebra) are cushioned by disk. When there is damage in the disk, maybe a crack that forces the fluid in it to squeeze, and there will more pressure forcing on the nerve resultant, you have back pain.

Bulging disks: Protrusion(Bulging disk): A very common condition when we age. It occurs when the annulus structure gets weak. This damage will make the nucleus pulposus move from its normal position and due to this, there will be more pressure on the nerve causing back pain.

Kidney problems: Kidney stones or infection in the urinary tract or the kidney will have back pain as a symptom. For products related to kidney diseases check on our Ayurveda product section

Arthritis: There will be inflammation in your joints which causes joint pain and stiffness. It may have the same with the spine too as you age. Learn more about Arthritis in our Arthritis product section.

Scoliosis: Spine gets curvy at a younger age before puberty, which gives you severe back pain.  

Posture and daily activity

Back pain would be a result of your poor posture and daily activities like,

  • Overstretching
  • Working with desktop by over bending your back
  • Standing or sitting for a longer period
  • Long driving sessions
  • Sleeping on a mattress that causes discomfort

Risk factors

There is a higher risk of back pain to the people who have the following factors

  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Low physical activity
  • Genetic factors
  • Medical conditions like arthritis, cancer.

Symptoms

The main symptom is a pain in the back, starting from the upper spine to the lower-end including your buttock and legs. But due to nerve, it may affect some other parts of your body too. You must be cautioned when you have the following

  • Inflammation or swelling in back
  • Pain down the legs
  • Fever
  • Difficulty in urinating
  • Numbness around genitals and anal region

The doctor will usually diagnose back pain with your symptoms. In some cases, he suggests for X-ray, MRI, Bone scan to detail the cause and evaluates the exact condition. For a complete symptom analysis of back pain consult our reputed doctors in our Ayurveda Consultation.

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