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Back Muscle Pain

Back Muscle Pain

Back pain is a very common health complaint. Many cases of lower back pain are caused by muscle strain or sprain, typically brought on by fatigue, although other disorders can also cause pain. This article will give you information on back health and the various treatment options available to combat back pain.

In order to understand what is causing your back pain, it is helpful to know about the back’s anatomy. The spine, or back bone, is made up of vertebrae which enclose the spinal cord. In between each vertebrae is a cartilage disc, which cushions the bones and allows the spine to be flexible. The spinal cord sends branches of nerves between each vertebrae to supply the body with a nerve supply. Ligaments (bands of tissue) connect bone to bone.

The spine is divided into three sections: the cervical, or neck portion; the thoracic, or mid-back region; and the lumbosacral, or lumbar (low) back section. Injury, whether from car accidents, slips, or falls, can cause pain in any part of the back. Back pain can also be caused by various diseases. Arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or other types of arthritis can affect the back as well as other body joints and muscles. A herniated disc and vertebrae fractures caused by osteoporosis can compress the spinal nerves as they exit between the vertebrae.

However, the biggest cause of back pain is due to muscle disorders. A large majority of back pain is in the lumbar back. Muscle strains and sprained ligaments are by far the most common source of back pain.  These can occur for a number of reasons. Poor posture when sitting can lead to muscle fatigue and then strains. Sudden unexpected movements (falls or slips) can damage the muscles and ligaments. Heavy lifting, improper lifting technique, and playing sports are all hard on the back muscles. Other contributing causes to muscle strains and ligament sprains can be carrying extra weight, pregnancy, and poor standing posture. Fibromyalgia and arthritic conditions also affect the back muscles as well.

There are various options available to treat back pain, and each depends on the cause. Pain medication, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen can provide relief,as can resting from activities which aggravate the condition or using ice (on acute injuries) and heat on the sore area. Proper posture when seated or working goes a long way to easing muscle fatigue.  

Other cases of back pain, especially chronic pain, will need further treatment. Physical therapy and exercise can help strengthen muscles. Massage therapy works to relax muscle spasms. A new treatment option available is the etoims muscles treatment. The etioms muscles treatment stimulates deep muscle tissue to provide effective pain relief right at the source.

Regardless of cause or type of back pain, you do not have to live with it. Back pain is treatable; if your self-care remedies don’t relieve your back pain, consultation with a medical provider can give you insights and treatment options to lessen the pain and allow you to get back to work or play pain-free.