Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Types and Possible Causes of Back Pain

Back pain is a problem that has plagued everyone at least once in his life. According to reports, lower back pain is the fifth most common reason for a visit to a physician. In the UK, back pain is the largest cause of work-related absence, according to the UK National Health Service.

There are many possible reasons for back pain, but a common factor among them is the increased pressure on the spine to an amount that the person is not accustomed to. Some of the usual risk factors are pregnancy, obesity, strenuous physical work or exercise, and bad posture.

Back pain is classified according to the duration of the pain. Back pain that’s sudden and persists up to three months is called acute back pain. Pain that gradually increases over time and lasts longer than three months is referred to as chronic back pain. The second type of back pain typically causes long-term problems, and may be indicative of more than just added pressure on the spine.

Fortunately, the regular back pain can be easily addressed. The person simply has to lie down and rest, and straighten the spine to relieve the pressure. For lingering back pain, however, a handful of treatments are recommended, including massages, cortisone shots, shiatsu, and chiropractic treatment.