Why is your back hurting?
Back pain usually results from a problem with one or more parts of the lower back, such as: – ligaments – muscles – nerves – the bony structures that make up the spine, called vertebral bodies or vertebrae It can also be due to a problem with nearby organs, such as the kidneys. The most common causes of lower back pain are strain and problems with back structures.
Strained muscles and ligaments often cause back pain. Strain commonly occurs with incorrect lifting of heavy objects and sudden awkward movements. Strain can also result from over-activity. An example is the sore feeling and stiffness that occurs after a few hours of yard work or playing a sport.
Vertebrae are the interlocking bones stacked on top of one another that make up the spine. Disks are areas of tissue that cushion the space between each vertebra. Disk injuries are a fairly common cause of back pain. Sometimes these disks can bulge, herniate, or rupture. Nerves can get compressed when this happens. Herniated disks can be very painful. A bulging disk pressing on the nerve that travels from your back down your leg can cause sciatica or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Sciatica can be experienced in your leg as: – pain – tingling – numbness
Back pain treatments
- ibuprofen, naproxen
- Improving Posture
- Using proper lifting techniques
- Strengthening core muscles
- Alternative Medicine (Massage, chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture)