Back pain is just that – a pain in your back. It usually affects your muscles, nerves, bones or joints. Basically, since your whole spine is part of your back it can also be affected which means the area from which pain can emanate from is pretty big.
The pain can be described in sections depending on where in your back it is coming from. There’s neck pain, middle back pain, lower back pain and tailbone pain. I don’t think that I have to explain where these areas are because I think they’re pretty self-explanatory.
By itself back pain is quite normal and for the most part doesn’t necessarily require you to go to a doctor, a chiropractor or physical therapist. The pain can be acute, meaning it can last up to 12 weeks, sub-acute or somewhere between 6 top 12 weeks and chronic wherein the pain lasts for more than 12 weeks.
Generally, the majority of us suffer from acute pain which usually goes away by itself without other intervention. This means the pain has no underlying causes such as diseases or injury. It is only when it is chronic that a visit to the doctor may be in order in order to delve deeper into the pain.
That said, your back pain can be triggered by just about anything you do in your daily lives. Even the type of clothing we wear can have an effect. Take your shoes for example, especially those worn by women. I’m sorry but even if those 6-inch stilettos are stylish they can create havoc for your back. That’s because shoes like this change the natural flow of your gait which stresses your back in the process.
Working for hours in an office setting can do be painful as well and not just because it’s long, boring and tedious work. Often we slouch when we work and in doing so we stress our backs because we don’t give it the proper support it needs to hold us up for those long hours. You can also blame your office chair for that.
Then there’s the lifting. If you are going to lift something that looks heavy don’t just lift it while bending over. That’s perhaps the easiest way to injure your back especially if you jerk lift it. Unfortunately, many of us do it that way so it’s no surprise that a lot of us suffer the pain in the process.
Of course, it’s not just these activities that will make your body suffer. Your health or lack thereof also has something to do about it. If you’re overweight then your body is carry a lot more extra pounds that can put pressure on your spine. This is also true for pregnant women as I’m sure mothers can relate.
Stress and depression can also have the same effect. That’s because these makes your muscles tense up even if they don’t have too which can damage them in the long run. If you smoke then you’re in for a world of back pain as well since the effects can weaken your back tissues making them less able to carry the burden of your body.
Let Deborah Koval explain more about your back.