Back Pain

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Back pain is ranked second to headaches as the most frequent location of pain. Four out of five adults will experience at least one bout of back pain at some time in their lives. It is almost next to common colds in the list of common diseases.

The most common site for pain is the lower back because it bears the brunt of our weight and hence is more prone to get affected.

Back Pain

Structurally backache is a condition that usually is caused when one or more structures of the back gets affected and these includes muscles, cartilage, bones or spinal cord.

Anatomy of our Back - The back region of our body is made of interconnecting structures like bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons. The spine of the back itself is made up of 24 small bones (seven cervical, twelve thoracic and five lumbar) and is the major support structure of back. These small bones are called vertebrae and they are further attached to sacrum and coccyx as we go from top to down. The sacrum attaches itself in front to the bones of the pelvis.

Back Pain Anatomy

Our Erect Posture and flexibility of our body-The erect human posture has made our back adapt to withstand the forces of gravity over our lifetime. It also has made this region more easily vulnerable to wear and tear, strains and fractures. To keep us mobile, the flexibility of our back is important. This is determined by various factors such as joint structure, muscle elasticity and connective tissue fiber material made up of collagen, elastin and titin. Disc that are interposed between the vertebra, acts as a shock absorber and gives joints their strength, stability and flexibility but limits movement. Vertebrae and discs provide a protective tunnel that allows the spinal cord and its spinal nerves to pass through. These nerves running down the center of the vertebrae, branch off to various parts of the body. The collagen fibers help the disc withstand the tension of the erect posture and our weight. Disc protects the spine and keeps it stable during strenuous activities that puts strong force on the spine, such as jumping, running, and lifting.

Back ache is more prevalent between the age of 35 and 55. The most frequently cause of our back pain are:

Heavy physical work
Frequent bending, twisting, lifting
pulling and pushing
Repetitive work
Static postures

Psychosocial risk factors for backache includes stress, distress, anxiety, depression, cognitive dysfunction, pain threshold, job dissatisfaction, and mental stress at work.

Back pain may be sudden and sharp or it may be dull and if persistent for more than a week it might result in tension, soreness or stiffness of back muscles. Pain may aggravate with slightest of movement or even with coughing and sneezing. It may also be accompanied with numbness and tingling in the arms or legs.

The pain if limited to the back can be treated by simple remedies at home but if radiating to the lower abdomen, groin, leg or foot, needs medical attention.

Back pain is a common reason for seeking disability benefit from governments and insurance companies. However as pain is subjective and difficult to quantify, the process for such claims is tedious and not everyone who makes a claim gets the necessary benefit.

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Treatment for back pain depends on kind of back pain. If back pain is after a back surgery then considering interventional therapy is better. If it is simple backache, physiotherapy is better.
Bijjoy Saturday, April 18, 2015
in every morning I feel extreme pain on my back... seems like somebody pulling my backbone and ribs.
sunny03 Wednesday, May 29, 2013
to relieve back pain, can I use acustop plaster? Is this effective and where can I get this plaster? Can I also have the price. Tks
mylytho Monday, September 17, 2012
rupalli22 Monday, April 23, 2012
hi, my mother have 45 years and at a sudden she is suffering from back pain it is difficult to her to sleep, to breath and to sit sometimes with the pain she have difficulty to breath is this series? thanks Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Dear Concerned, I have delivered a baby before 3 1/2 months ago. But, from last few weeks i have a back pain. Back pain is mostly in spinal from middle to the lower back. I doing office job, so, i have to sit on a chair for the 8 to 9 hrs. So, when i wake up in the morning i feel fresh but after 2-3 hrs it starts again. I am taking ibuprofen. But no use. Somebody tells me that it will remain for the whole life, is it true ? Please help me...
nikipatel82 Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Dear conerned, my mother is severly suffering from back pain which starts from back of the neck to low back the pain also migtrates to arm which causes irritation all around the back. she is not able to sleep, sit for long time.she already wearing neck belt. feeling uneasy to do any work.her mind is restless and every time she is in tension. could you suggest how to prevent this and what type of medication can we follow.
guest Tuesday, July 15, 2008
hi senthil,i just read the problem.did u any time took her to a physiotherapist?take her to a physio,they will assess her and giv the treatment which is beneficial.there are modalities like IFT, SWD, TRACTON,ext..
guest Thursday, July 31, 2008
Dear Friends i had cervical, sciatica and gap in upper back region for years together. I tried almost every therapy as my wife is doctor. I could not get permanent cure. I even tried Yoga, although it was under control but quite often i used to take pain killers. But i discovered an accupressurist near my house and he has cure me from the disease within few days of sitting. I wish to share his details so that more people can take the benefit. His details are Hari Bhai, 09310552365 Thanking you.Kamal Anand
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