Back Pain and You

Does your back hurt? Well don’t despair as you are not alone in your misery. In fact countless numbers of human beings have experienced it at least once in their life, others not as lucky as they seem to have it much more often than others. But what is it about back pain that makes people seem terribly afraid of experiencing one, yet are totally resigned of the fact that they will eventually have them at one point or another. Here we will try to find out about different kinds of back pains according to their general locations, its possible causes, and also the underlying reasons that it occurred in the first place.

Back pains regularly appear in different areas of the back, but some of the more common ones are as follow:

Lower Left Back Pain, Lower Right Back Pain

The lower back is composed of various bodily organs and structures, any of which, if it happened to be compromised or irritated, may cause pain. Lower back pain may either be chronic or acute, each with their corresponding common ailments particular to that area of the back.

  • Chronic Lower Back Pain – a persistent continuing condition, occurring over a long period of time. Typical causes of this are: scoliosis (unnatural curving of the spine), kyphosis (hunchback), herniated disc, rheumatoid arthritis, spinal stenosis (narrowing of spinal canal), improper bending and lifting of heavy weights for long periods of time.
  • Acute Lower Back Pain – a condition with rapid onset but of relative shortness of duration. Examples of conditions which cause acute lower back pain includes compression fractures, cramps, several kinds of cancers, ruptured discs, sciatica (irritation of nerves of the spine), aortic aneurysm, ovarian cyst, endometriosis (thickening of endometrial tissues of the uterus), muscle tears/strains, and kidney stones.

Middle Back Pain

The middle of the back is composed of the spinal column, muscles, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels, nerves, and other bodily structures which may become inflamed or irritated thereby causing back pain. Middle back pain is usually characterized by either dull or sharp and acute pain which usually radiate to other parts of the body. Some common conditions that produce back pain includes osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, herniated disc, muscle spasms, fibromyalgia, indigestion, kyphosis and kidney stones to name a few.

Upper Back Pain

Upper back pain usually is connected to the large muscles of the shoulders and other structures located in the area. Mechanical joint dysfunction and muscle injuries are common causes of upper back pain, as well as rheumatism or arthritis of the spine especially of the neck and thoracic vertebras. Degenerative disc disease and improper posture may also be causes of upper back pains.

So if you ever get to experience any kind of back pain, and chances are you will, you must consider first resting and stopping whatever it is that seems to be causing your back pain to avoid further aggravation. In cases where you don’t particularly know what caused the pain, it will be wise to get yourself immediately checked by a doctor.