Back pain is one of the most common reasons to visit the physician. Back pain is the pain felt in the back. It is categorized as acute, subacute and chronic pain. Acute pain lasts for six weeks, subacute pain lasts from six weeks up to three months, chronic pain lasts longer than three months. The pain may be mild or severe and if the pain last for more than a week, it might result in stiffness tension, and soreness of the back muscles. Back pain is described as dull, shooting or piercing pain in the back. The pain aggravates with the slightest of movement, sneezing or coughing. Back pain may radiate to the abdomen, leg or foot.
Low back pain, middle back pain / thoracic back pain and upper back pain are the three different types of back pain. Low back pain is commonly related to work disability. Back pain is mainly caused by strained muscles or ligaments of the back, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, kidney stones, infections and fibromyalgia and endometriosis in females. Daily activities or poor posture may also leads to the cause of back pain.
Back pain can be avoided or prevented by improving physical conditions and daily activities. Physical therapy and a pain reliever may help to reduce the back pain.
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