Around 60-80% of adults in the U.S suffer from neck or back pain. Yes, that’s right!
Spinal pain is defined as discomfort in the cervical region (neck) or lumbar region (lower back) of the body. It adversely impacts the quality of life and can even lead to lifetime disability.
Here is a quick overview of five of the most common causes of spinal pain:
Osteoporosis is a common cause of spinal pain, especially amongst females. It occurs due to low calcium intake, inactive lifestyle, and estrogen deficiency.
Osteoporosis causes bones to become weak, porous, and brittle. Resultantly, bone mass decreases, leading to painful fractures in the vertebral column/spine.
It can be treated or managed by regularly working out and taking vitamins, mineral supplements, and medications.
29% of adults suffer from back pain caused by stress.
Stress, tension, and anxiety tightens the back muscles involuntarily and leads to severe pain in the neck, around the shoulders, and down the spine.
Moreover, they affect the body’s nervous system (especially hormonal balance), making a person feel inactive and socially isolated.
Hence, focusing on mentally relaxing activities and exercising regularly can help with stress-caused spinal problems.
Arthritis is a chronic inflammation (swelling) and stiffening of joints that causes pain in the lower back. In this condition, the space around the spinal cord decreases, leading to a painful condition called spinal stenosis.
The risk of arthritis can be reduced by controlling blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
4. Herniated Discs
Disks are cushions of tissues present between the vertebrae of the spine/vertebral column.
When the soft material in these disks ruptures or moves out of its place, it presses on a nerve in the spinal cord. This disc herniation can cause severe pain in the spine.
Herniated disks can be prevented by:
- Maintaining good posture
- Changing sleeping positions
- Using proper lifting techniques
- Avoiding high-heeled shoes
5. Muscle Strain
Muscle strain is a major cause of spinal pain. Heavy lifting, awkward sleeping pose, or a sudden movement pull the back muscles and strain spinal ligaments.
In order to heal muscle sprain:
- Stay away from vigorous physical activity
- Place an icepack over the pulled muscle
- Gently compress the area with an elastic bandage
- Take as much rest as you can
Spinal pain can make even the simplest of day-to-day tasks seem impossible, impacting your personal and professional life negatively.
If you or someone close to you is affected by spinal pain, rest assured knowing that the experts at Lakeshore Pain and Spine Center are here to provide quality, patient-centered care! We have you covered.
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