back painIn our medical notes today we look at causes of back pain and ways of alleviating the pain. Doctors say back pain is a symptom of a medical condition, not a diagnosis itself.

Medical problems that can cause back pain include Mechanical problems, Injuries, Acquired conditions, diseases, Infections and Tumors.

A mechanical problem is due to the way the spine moves or the way you feel when you move your spine in certain ways.
Spine injuries such as sprains and fractures can cause either short-lived or chronic back pain.

Sprains are tears in the ligaments that support the spine, and they can occur from twisting or lifting improperly.

Many medical problems can cause or contribute to back pain. They include scoliosis, which causes curvature of the spine and does not usually cause pain until mid-life.
Infections can cause pain when they involve the vertebrae, a condition called osteomyelitis. Tumors occasionally begin in the back, but more often they appear in the back as a result of cancer that has spread from elsewhere in the body.
Although the causes of back pain are usually physical, it is important to know that emotional stress can play a role in how severe pain is and how long it lasts.

Ways of treating back pains include Staying hydrated, paying attention to posture and Taking care while travelling, working and sleeping.

The body is 72 percent water, if well-hydrated, 50 percent of aches and pains go away because the water cushions the muscles, tendons, ligaments and discs in our back.

Doctors recommend a daily intake of 8 glasses of water per day as well as whole-food diet with plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables to reduce the incidence of back pains.

Readers are advised to seek a diagnosis from the proper health care provider once back pain is experienced.

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