Back pain is a common musculoskeletal ailment among adults in the UK. Research has shown that an alarmingly high number of adults experience some form of back pain during their life. It’s often the reason for prolonged absence from work, unsatisfactory lifestyle, and even a disability.
As you get older, you’re at a greater risk of developing upper or lower back pain. Several occupational, environmental, and biological factors contribute to this and can result in persistent back pain. Lower back and upper back pain are typically associated with the spinal discs, nerves, muscles, and vertebrae but a more serious pathology such as a tumour could cause back pain.
Back pain may result due to a variety of reasons. These include:
- Strained muscles, ligaments, and tissues
- Slipped disc
- Postural factors
- Sport Activity
- Overuse of the back area
But as well as Stress of any kind such as:
such as a bereavement, a divorce, stress at work or in the family or at school, an accident etc.
Why? Because your muscle will tense up in response to the stress as a way to protect you and keep you safe.
Be aware that back pain can be caused from more important medical condition so it’s important to look out for the so-called Red Flags for what you should seek medical attention asap, some examples are:
- numbness or tingling around your genitals or buttocks
- loss of bladder or bowel control
- associated high temperature
- physical injury that might have caused a fracture
- unintentional weight loss
- unbearable pain that does not improve
Back pain relief treatments depend on the severity and nature of the pain. While pain medication is typically part of the treatment plan, it alone doesn’t always help.
Therefore, is important to seek a professional intervention to understand what is really causing your pain and what would help.