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Why is my Back sore?

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There are many reasons why your Back can get sore. Here are some common reasons

Lower Back Pain

Low back pain (LBP) is very common and the pain can be very debilitating, although rarely a serious medical problem. LBP can be due to overuse or malalignment of the spinal bone, muscles or nerves. Because the back rely on all the structures to work together to help you stand and bend. There are many different reasons people get LBP with most being called “nonspecific” low back pain.

Muscle strain

Lower Back pain is commonly due to Muscle strains of the back, especially related to sudden movements or improper lifting techniques, frequent lifting, and lifting excessively heavy loads. Low back pain is as common among workers who sit for prolonged periods as in people whose jobs require heavy lifting.

Osteoarthritis

Spinal osteoarthritis (OA) is the breakdown of the vertebrae joint cartilage, reducing range of motion and causes stiffening, swelling and pain. This is usually caused by poor walking/running biomechanics, exercise technique and jamming of the joint. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune form which occurs when the body attacks its own joint tissue by mistaking itself for attacking foreign pathogens. This causes cartilage loss and joint pain, instability and deformity. Back pain while walking or running is the main symptom, a ‘crunching’ sound and thickening or swelling, with the joint becoming stiffer the longer it progresses, especially in the morning.

Spondylolisthesis 

Occurs when one vertebra slips relative to the one below and is usually caused by stress on the joints of the lower back (Spondylolisthesis).

Lumbar spinal stenosis

When a narrowing of the vertebral canal (the open space inside) often caused by bone spurs (Spinal stenosis).

Occupational back pain

Known as “Sitting Back pain” is related to occupations that involve prolonged sitting or standing, often due to poor posture and driving long distances.

Treatment involves a variety of methods based on your activity, biomechanics, whether it come on quickly or gradually and what the root cause is. Here are some treatment modalities that are used to treat back problems.

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KATE CAETANO

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