Why does my back hurt?

Published On: Oct 27 2011 02:47:03 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 02 2010 10:28:57 AM CDT

Momie Tullottes, Contributing writer

The human body is equipped to handle many tasks. However, it is important to remember that to perform those tasks effectively, it should be cared for.

And if you're not careful, you could end up carrying around back pain everywhere you go.

The American College of Sports Medicine says that 60 to 80 percent of North Americans will experience some sort of back pain or injury in their lifetime.

To prevent or remedy back pain, you first must figure out its source. Stress is the leading risk factor for back injuries and pain. Stress can cause muscle spasms that cause aches.

Stress also can be one of the reasons behind inactivity, which can lead to back pain.

Sit Up Straight

Spine-Health.com says that poor posture is another very common cause of back pain. If your pain is in the upper area of your back, you may be experiencing back pain due to poor posture.

To remedy the situation, concentrate on keeping your back in the proper posture by sitting up straight and not slouching. Instead of hunching over in that office chair, be sure to keep your back aligned with the back of the chair.

Yoga also is good for poor posture.

Avoid Injury

Injury can cause pain in all parts of the back. A doctor will be your best source for information on the healing process in this case.

However, exercise may relieve some pain. Chiropractic care or massage therapy also may help.

Of course, with an injury, it is best to ask a licensed medical professional which exercises are safest for someone in your condition.

Muscle strains can also cause pain in the back. These can occur from many daily tasks such as heavy lifting, overuse or poor posture during exercise. Common treatments to relieve strains include chiropractic care, massage therapy, exercise and acupuncture.

Once again, a doctor should be consulted about back pain.

To prevent strains, practice safe lifting and exercise. Also, be sure to keep a good posture.

Osteoarthritis In The Back

Spine-Health.com also mentions osteoarthritis, more common in older individuals, as a common cause for back pain.

Pain from osteoarthritis usually occurs in the lower back. Stretching exercises, water therapy and chiropractic care are among common treatment options for osteoarthritis.

Acetaminophen is recommended when the pain does not subside.

With osteoarthritis, it is important to see a doctor frequently and follow updated advice on the care and management of the condition.

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