The vast majority of adults have suffered back pain at some point in their lives, acute or chronic or just the stiff soreness resulting from strenuous exercise or work.
Degenerated or herniated spinal discs were thought to be the main causes of back pain but studies in recent years have shown that most middle aged adults have some degree of disc degeneration and a large proportion of these have herniated discs but have no back pain symptoms.
It is obviously necessary if one has a problem to ensure that no structural obstructions, growths, illnesses or infections are the cause of the back pain and this should be checked out by a competent doctor, particularly if it is acute and constant or if one has lose of function or numbness.
There can be many reasons for back pain but by far the majority of cases according to many doctors are caused by muscle strain, medically defined as:- a partial rupture (“causing pain on muscle stretch but no loss of strength”) or total rupture (“causing pain, loss of function and bruising”). However “muscle strain” seems to be used as a general term when no obvious cause for the pain can be found.
Interestingly there is a growing body of medical experts who now believe there is strong evidence that most cases of back pain are caused by a deprivation of oxygen to the muscles with a resulting build up of waste products in the cells, tendons and ligaments. This apparently aggravates and interferes with the normal functioning and conduction of nerve impulses in the muscles and related structures.
In the majority of back pain cases there seems to be a clear and important psychological component to the pain. It is thought that mentally repressed emotions (anger, fear etc.) build up over time and appear to find some physical release through the autonomic nervous system by constricting the small blood vessels in the main structural muscles of the back and over time this triggers the pain.
A sudden movement or something as simple as bending suddenly can bring on the onset of muscle back spasm and/or pain. It can be severe and acute, of short duration or build up gradually into a chronic back ache. There appear to be many ways in which it can manifest.
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Factors which may cause or contribute to back pain are:- bad posture or postural deformities, sitting slouched, ill fitting footwear or high heels, lifting and straining without bending the knees, sleeping on too soft a mattress. A number of medical conditions may also be responsible including calcium deficiency.