Back pain is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine. Back pain may have a sudden onset or can be a chronic pain; it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas.
What Causes Back Pain?
Maybe you lifted something heavy or swung a golf club a little too enthusiastically. Or maybe you've been hunched over a desk or computer for two weeks, battling a deadline. Whatever the reason, now your back is "out," and you're wishing for something, anything, that will put an end to the agony.
Take heart; you're not alone. Studies show that almost everyone suffers from back pain at some point in his or her life.
The good news is that by following some simple steps, you can be back in the swing of things in just a few days. Even better, you can help ensure that you won't have to endure similar discomfort in the future.
Back pain is a very common complaint. According to the Mayo Clinic, USA, approximately 80% of all Americans will have low back pain at least once in their lives. Back pain is a common reason for absence from work, or visiting the doctor's.
According to the NHS (National Health Service), UK, back pain is the largest cause of work-related absence in the United Kingdom. Although back pain may be painful and uncomfortable, it is not usually serious.
What are the risk factors for back pain?
The following factors are linked to a higher risk of developing low back pain:
• A mentally stressful job
• Pregnancy - pregnant women are much more likely to get back pain
• A sedentary lifestyle
• Age - older adults are more susceptible than young adults or children
• Anxiety / Depression
• Strenuous physical exercise or work
What are the signs and symptoms of back pain?
If any of the following symptoms accompanies a back pain your should consider seeing your doctor:
• Inflammation (swelling) on the back
• Persistent back pain - lying down or resting
• Pain down the legs or below the knees
• A recent injury to your back
• Difficulty urinating
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