Back Aches – The Common Causes

The most common complaint people go to see their doctor about is back pain.  As people get older, sometime they have problems with their back that do require medical attention, but sometimes back aches are more than just a sign of getting older.  There could be many reasons why a person has pain in their back.  Here is a list of some of the most common reasons a person has a back ache.

Problems with the discs:  Sometimes the ache can be a sign of something a little more serious.  A person can have a herniated disc and a back ache is a sure sign that something could be wrong.

Muscle strain

A person can move the wrong way and strain a muscle in their back. Think about the last time you lifted something, were you in the proper position and did you use your legs instead of your back?  The good news is that with a simple muscle strain, you just need to take it easy and use warm compresses in the affected area for the pain.  The muscle strain will go away on its own within one to two weeks.

Spinal stenosis

Old age can bring on this condition.  The spinal cord can become constricted due to arthritis, and the result is reoccurring back aches because the cord itself is literally being squeezed.


Damaged discs

Lower back aches can be caused by damage to a disc, but the disc is not necessarily herniated. Your doctor can do a test to see if this is the cause of your back aches.


Remember the spinal column is like a long rod with round blocks that go along it.  Spondylolisthesis is when one of these round blocks does not line up with the rest of them.  This slipping out of place can cause back aches because the one block being out of place can make the entire spinal column to become unstable.


Not just confined to knees and elbows, arthritis can target any joint in the body including the joints that are found along the spinal column.  Arthritis in the spine can be very painful and make moving around very difficult.


Though osteoporosis is more commonly found in women, it can affect both men and women.  The bones can start to become brittle and moving the wrong way can cause back pain because the vertebrae are more susceptible to fracture.


Fibromyalgia is a condition that can cause pain throughout the tissues of the body including the back.  If you have been having pain for at least three months, then you need to go talk to your doctor.

Back pain is not something people just need to learn with.  If you are having back pain frequently, and you have ruled out common things like your shoes and mattress, it may be time for you to make an appointment with your family doctor.   Though some pain may be just because you are getting older, some pain can be the sign of a more serious condition.

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