Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move. It can start quickly if you fall or life something too heavy, or it can get worse slowly.
What are the Causes of Back Pain?
There are many causes of back pain including mechanical problems in the spine, injuries diseases and genetic factors. Occupation and lifestyle are emerging as major factors today.
How is Back Pain diagnosed?
Medical tests may not show the cause of your back pain. Many times, the cause of back pain is never known. Back pain can get better even if you do not know the cause. To diagnose back pain, your doctor will take your medical history, do physical exam and conduct tests.
What is the Difference between Acute and chronic Pain?
Acute pain starts quickly and lasts less than 6 weeks. It is the most common type of back pain. Acute pain may be caused by things like falling, being tackled in football, or lifting something heavy. Chronic pain lasts for more than 3 months and is much less common than acute pain.
Who gets Back Pain?
Anyone can have back pain, but some things that increase your risk are age, race & gender, poor physical fitness, being overweight, inherited diseases, occupation, smocking and stress.
Can back pain be prevented?
The best things you can do to prevent back pain are:
- Exercise often and keep your back muscles strong.
- Maintain a healthy weight. To have strong bones, you need to get enough calcium and Vitamin D every day.
- Follow Proper ergonomic methods while on the job, lifting heavy objects, sitting or driving.
How is Back Pain Treated?
Treatment for back pain depends on what kind of pain you have. Acute back pain usually gets better without any treatment. Proper Exercise can help ease chronic pain.