It never fails. Just when you think everything is going to be fine, that old back injury starts to flare up again. Whether it begins in the middle of the spine and radiates pain outwards or it creeps up on your sciatic nerve, you know that it is going to utterly ruin any plans you might have had for the weekend. Although you have had this back pain for quite some time, the cause of the pain may or may not be clear. Consider some of the common causes of back pain that may be behind some of the discomfort you are experiencing.
Whether you were the unwitting participant in a major car accident or you went whirling around back first into a jagged stone cliff, the spinal trauma that can occur from such experiences can be more than life altering. Since the spine is such a major center of nervous system activity, the resultant seriousness of back injuries and pain can vary widely from one individual to the next. In certain situations, spinal injury can create so much back pain that even a person’s mobility is permanently affected.
Tech-Related Back Strain
As more people sit or stand hunched over their favorite tech gadgets, this form of bad posture has a tendency to pull on the shoulders, neck, spine and muscles that line the upper and middle regions of the back. After being stuck in this position for hours on end, it is inevitable that back pain will be soon to follow.
Lower Back Ligament Strain
You may have been outside lifting a heavy object or simply turned around too fast out of fear only to get a sharp pain in your lower back. Before you know it, a ligament in your lower back feels as if it has been pulled and stretched to its limit. Being a very common cause of acute lower back pain, a strained ligament can keep you feeling pain and soreness for quite some time while stuck on a reduced regimen of activity until it stops acting up.
A Sedentary Lifestyle
While it is common for people to be sedentary in today’s modern age, one major problem this leads to is weaker muscles supporting the spine. As a result of allowing this weakness to occur, it is not difficult to understand how a sedentary lifestyle is setting many people up for unnecessary back pain down the road.
At the other end of the spectrum, exercise is another reason for a lot of the back pain people experience. Whether you overwork muscles in your back or do exercises that bring your back out of alignment, the potential for back injury and pain is often the result of exercising too much or employing bad form during exercise.
When you are sitting for long periods of time, this puts a lot of pressure on vertebrae and discs. In fact, the increased pressure is way more than when you are standing up or moving around at a brisk walking pace. Over time, this stress on the vertebrae and discs will undoubtedly translate into unpleasant back pain, which means it is a good idea to take time to get up and move around every so often to take the pressure off these components of the back.
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If you are dealing with back pain, don’t spend another day grinning and bearing it. Make an appointment at Principled HealthCare Solutions to learn about your treatment options. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our office in Hamilton.