Backpain is usually defined as pain radiating through and fro the back (along the spine) and is amongst the most common reasons for many of us to get worried. Usually, it begins with a muscle spasm that causes pain and gradually may grow into a prolonged pain.
- Strained or sprained muscles
- Unusual curving of the spine (scoliosis)
- Exerting too much by lifting heavy things
- Long sitting hours during work hours
- Old age
- Poor posture and body mechanics
- Medical problems such as osteoporosis, arthritis, sciatica and ruptured disks
- Backpain itself could be a symptom for many bone and joint problems. It may be accompanied with weight loss, elevated body temperature and numbness around the lower abdomen
- In case your symptoms get worse, make sure you see a doctor at the earliest.
- Your doctor will examine you physically and ask you relevant questions to check if you have had some injuries in the past.
- Your doctor may suggest a few scans such as X-ray of the spine and other imaging studies to understand the cause for the pain.
- Once the cause is known, the doctor may prescribe you with a combination of treatment that would include both drugs (such as painkillers) and lifestyle alterations
- You shall be advised to take short breaks and move around, exercise regularly, include bone and joint healthy foods in your diet and maintain a healthy posture.
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