Back painBack pain is the Symptom, not the cause.
The normal wear and tear of the aging process, poor physical fitness, bad working habits, stress, muscular tension and poor posture can all contribute to back pain. Even small stress and strains can add up to permanent damage and pain. Other significant contributing factors include age and occupation.
The majority of adults will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives and it is one of the most common causes of absence from work in Britain.
Most people will recover quickly, but 10% of people will have sufficiently frequent and troublesome back pain to have an impact on their lives. This is usually for a limited period of time which may be days or weeks, but can be months or even years in some cases.
Most back pain can be avoided if you:
- Maintain good posture
- Watch Your weight
- Keep fit
- Consider your everyday activities
- Recognise your sporting capabilities
- Lift wisely
Back pain is not an illness, but a symptom. An indicator that something somewhere is wrong. Twisting the back stretches the muscles and can cause shearing forces on the discs, especially risky when lifting something from the floor.
Sitting or standing for long periods of time will lead to muscle fatigue and may increase the risk of muscle spasm and disc damage.
The damage that has accumulated over weeks, months or years may be triggered by something as simple as bending to pick up a child’s toy or if you slip or trip over something.