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Back pain is the most frequent cause of job-related disability. At least 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain in their lifetime, According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS).

Most of the time back pain is the result of an injury, such as muscle sprains or strains due to sudden movements or poor body mechanics while lifting heavy objects.

Medical conditions causing back pain

Some common medical causes of back pain include;

  • Sciatica; is caused by pressure on the nerve endings that come out of the spine and results in pain in the lower back that moves down the buttocks into one or both of the legs.
  • Slipped disc; soreness in the lower back, muscle weakness, tight muscles and loss of bladder control may be the result of slipped disc.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis; it causes back pain, buttock pain, swollen joints and tendons and extreme tiredness.
  • Spondylolisthesis; in this condition a bone in the spine slipping out of position and causes lower back pain, stiffness, numbness and tingling.
  • Arthritis; inflammatory joint condition. Pain in the joint while walking is the primary symptom.
  • Whiplash; neck pain and stiffness, headaches and lower back pain following a motor vehicle accident.
  • Muscle or ligament strain; if your back is out of condition or you have other tissue problems.
  • Osteoporosis; the bones in your back can become brittle by osteoporosis and break easily.

Less common back pain causes

While considerably less common, causes of back pain can include;

  • Infection
  • Tumor
  • Autoimmune disease

How back pain trigger?

Some everyday activities either at home or at work can brought on or triggered back pain and are considered as causes of back pain. Back pain can develop over time as a result of sitting, standing or lifting badly.

Common triggers that are causes of back pain include:

  • Bending awkwardly
  • Lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling incorrectly
  • Repetitive bending, or lifting
  • Sitting a lot at work
  • Slouching in chairs
  • Standing and bending down for long periods
  • Twisting
  • Overstretching
  • Driving in a hunched position
  • Driving for long time
  • Overuse of the muscles due to sport or repetitive movements (repetitive strain injury)
  • Being exposed to whole body vibration

Risk factors

Back pain gets more frequent as you get older. Some conditions increase the risk and included in causes of back pain. They are;

  • Being overweight
  • Not exercising enough
  • Smoking
  • Being pregnant
  • Long-term use of medicines that are known to weaken the bones, such as corticosteroids
  • Stress
  • Depression

Pain management institute is helping people to cure acute and chronic long term pain to resume a normal life style. PMI has provided many treatments like stem cell therapy and many others.

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Is it the growl of your back pain or punch?

The growl of low back pain is often more excruciating than its punch. The pain most of the times make it worse than it actually is

MRI and X-ray for lower back pain and astonishingly deceptive, because conditions such as bulging disc is  not that harmful and most of the back pain is relieved on its own. Muscle spasms are very common and can be critically intense, but aren’t serious.

What are the conditions when back pain becomes a scary part of your life?

There are cases of low back pain that have critical cases, but it occurs less often. Meanwhile, back pain is a warning sign of cancer, autoimmune disease, infection and a bundle of other scary offenders. Above the age of 55, almost one in twenty cases diagnosed with fracture and one in hundred is more sinister. The more you are far from 55 the better your condition is.

But how will you know about your back pain? It can be quite tricky, here we have brought you to the friendly guide to the red flags that need better safe than sorry investigation with your physician. This article will help you distinguish between the dangerous and just painful as smoothly as possible

The ordinary back pain is excruciating and debilitating, but not always alarming. Its growl is often much louder than its punch

Chronic low back pain is alarming, but rarely sinister

Back pain can absorb your happy days or even weeks, months and years. It is for sure very serious, even if it is not sinister. “I have dealt many doubtlessly tragic chronic low back pain patients, and a huge part of their savings ends up dealing with back pain. However, your critical case of chronic low back pain, as excruciating as it can be has never killed anyone,”Says Dr Zaki Anwar, MD Pain Management Specialist and Anesthesiologist. Founder of the Pain Management Center

Low back pain is sinister when it is caused by something that can handicap or kill you. Such cases occur less often, but bad things do happen, even the best doctors can overlook

Possible causes of sinister back pain and symptoms

These causes are not very common and usually brings serious symptoms that are easy enough to be alarmed. Some of the causes remain  silent in the early stages, but not for too long

Cause Description Symptoms
Cancer A tumor develops in or around the  spine The pain increases consistently, position and activity does not influence. Worsens at night and brings other symptoms as well
Spinal infection Infections in or around the spine Remains hidden for longer periods. The spot of infection is tender, with excruciating ongoing pain and immobile spine, along with fever and illness
Abdominal Aneurysm Swelling in the artery adjacent to spine Pain may be throbbing and pulsating. Often happens to people with the risk of heart disease, smokers and diabetic patients
Ankilosing Spondylitis Rheumatic arthritis of spine and the pelvic region Chronic back pain started in middle age and increase slowly. Relieves with activity but not rest and may spread to other areas
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