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Back Pain: Causes and Prevention

Unfortunately, there are no easy answers to the causes of back pain as there could be many. It could be a question of genetics, working conditions, age and muscle weakening, sudden movements, inflammation of the sciatic nerve and so on.


However there are ways of reducing the risks and so avoid problems, as well as treatments to help reduce the suffering that comes with back pain.

What are the commonest causes of back pain?

It is important to understand the causes of back pain as well as treatment alternatives as this increases the probabilities of not having to take pain killers and receiving treatment.

Pain in the Lower Back caused by sudden movements is usually caused by one or more of the following reasons:

  1. Lumbar strain: This causes acute and chronic pain often induced by stretching the ligaments, tendons or muscles.
  2. Nerve irritation can also cause back pain. This could be the irritation of nerves caused by mechanical or disease-oriented problem. (Sciatic nerve).
  3. Lumbar radiculopathy: When nerve irritation damages the discs of the spine, it is called a lumbar radiculopathy. Slippage, foraminal narrowing or an obstruction for the movement and growth along the spine cause interference.
  4. Bone and joint diseases: These can be congenital, such as scoliosis, or age-related, such as arthritis.
  5. Degenerative bone and joint diseases and conditions: This will include degeneration of the inter vertebral disc, spondylosis, or osteoarthritis.
  6. Injury: This includes, but is not limited to the lumbar spine fractures or stressors.

While it is practically impossible to prevent congenital problems of the spine you can help reduce its pain effects by making use of back pain medication and applying certain practices every day. For example, by practicing stretching every day and when lifting things share the pressure with your legs, bending the knees and not the back.


Pain in the lower back is not a fun. It will restrict your movements and mobility and can also cause havoc with ordinary things such as riding in a car or sitting at your work desk.

However, if you are one of the millions of people who have a pre-existing back pain, you must consult your doctor to identify the cause and from them define (and make use of) the treatment that is prescribed.

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