What Causes Back Pain?

Back pain is one common reason people don’t go to work because they suffer from back pain. Amongst other causes of disability in people, back pain is the primary culprit that culminates in disability if no proper measures are put in place to treat it.

Fortunately, there are measures you can put in place to curb back pain episodes. If you can’t prevent back pain, there are home-based treatments you can undergo to heal. Most of these measures include simple body mechanics that will see away back pain within weeks to resume your normal activities and routines. Surgery only happens during extreme cases; they rarely occur.


If you are experiencing muscle aching or a burning/stabbing sensation, chances are you are suffering back pain. It sometimes radiates down to the legs and gets even worse with bending or twisting and, in the worst scenario, walking or standing.

When is it the right time to see a doctor?

Most back pain can fade soon with home care and self-treatment. But you should see a doctor for back pain that persists for several weeks and doesn’t disappear even after caring for it at home. You should be alarmed if it radiates down to a single leg or both, especially the one that extends below your knees. Also, contact the therapist if back pain causes weakness, tingling, or numbness in the legs.

Back pain in rare cases signals severe medical conditions but seek medical attention if your back pain causes bladder and bowel issues. In rare cases, back pain may cause fever. And if your back pain follows a fall or a big blow to your back, it could be severe; see the doctor as soon as possible.

What causes back pain?

In a real sense, your doctor will not diagnose precisely the cause of your back pain through medical tests or image analysis. But some of these conditions are linked to back pain.

Ligament or muscle strain

Repeated heavy lifting or sudden unusual body movements can cause strain to the muscles or ligament. Poor physical conditions can lead to stress that might lead to painful spasms.

Bulging/ruptured disks

If the soft material covers ruptures or bulges, it will press the nerve, but a situation where crack or bulge happens minus the back pain. You might find disk rupture when you have an X-ray for other reasons.


Often, osteoarthritis affects the lower back, causing lower back pains. Arthritis in the spine causes narrowing of spinal space surrounding the spinal cord, a condition commonly known as stenosis.


Another condition that might lead to back pain, which often develops due to the spine’s vertebrae developing painful fractures when your bone becomes brittle and porous.

Risk factors associated with back pains?

Anyone is a potential victim of back pain, including children. However, these factors might increase the chances of back pains;

Age: From around 30-40 years, back pain becomes common, getting worse as you get older.

Lack of exercise: Unused weak muscles in your back may cause you to experience back pain.

Overweightness: Extra weight exerts unnecessary stress on your back, leading to back pain.

Improper lifting: Awkward lifting or movement causes back pain.

Psychological conditions: People who have psychological disorders are at a greater risk of getting back pain.

Smokers: Smoking increases the chances of getting back pain.

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