About 85% of Canadian workers will experience back pain at some point in their lives. Problems with any bones, disks, muscles, ligaments, and tendons can lead to back pain, making it a very common problem. The good news is, there are various ways of managing back pain – keep reading to understand more of the causes and solutions to those nagging back problems.
Causes of Back Pain
Low back pain can occur in people who have poor posture, are in poor physical shape, or routinely sit or stand for long periods of time. Muscle strain is another cause of a troubled back, either from lifting something that is too heavy or by lifting objects incorrectly. Many pregnant women develop lower back pain due to the extra weight they support during pregnancy.
Other potential causes of back pain include osteoarthritis (a “wear-and-tear” condition), fractured vertebrae (the literal "broken back"), and “slipped” or herniated discs are all serious medical conditions that must be treated by a qualified physician.
Treating Your Back Pain
No matter what you suspect to be the cause of your pain, the first step in treating it should be to see your doctor. Usually, most short-term back pain improves over time without medical treatment. A typical course of treatment for back pain, which may be accompanied by muscle spasm, could include the following: