Adults, male or female, at sometime or another suffer from pain in the lower back. The majority of the adult population sit most the day at work. There are around 80% of the adult population who experience lower back pain. Persistent pain becomes chronic; affecting one’s ability to move the joints properly, causing a person to consistently lose focus on work. Sedentary lifestyles, due to non-activity or lack of mobility, results to chronic back pain.
What Causes Back Pain?
Back pain is considered chronic if it lasts for 12 weeks or more. If it is less than this, it is considered acute. At times, the pain goes away on its own.
Age is a huge factor for the onset of lower back pain. The bones, joints, discs begin to degenerate when one gets older, and this process is called spondylosis. This wear and tear of the bones in the body is common, especially when these parts are stressed due to some heavy activities.
Common causes of back pain:
- Sprains in the ligament or strains in the muscle (overstretching and lifting of heavy objects)
- Deterioration of the spinal disc
- Narrowing of the spinal column called spinal stenosis
- Scoliosis or abnormality of the spine
- Traumatic injury
- Pinched nerve
- Sciatic nerve
Occasional lower back pain is not as serious as it seems. But when prolonged pain is neglected, it could lead to chronic back pain. The underlying conditions of chronic back pain are serious enough to give attention to.
Know the signs and symptoms of chronic back pain and what to do about it.
Signs and Symptoms of Chronic Back Pain
Most of the common signs of chronic back pain may just be passing pain and can be ignored. Yet, the following symptoms will help you understand the severity of your condition:
- Staggering pain in the muscles of your lower back
- Stabbing pain that impedes your bending
- Pain that stretches down to the legs
- Pain in lifting something or reaching for something
- Pain that gets relieved when you sit or lie down
Therapies and self-care are essential in relieving chronic back pain.
For severe pain that lasts for more than what is described here and persisting, call us today.
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