Because back pain causes so many people to take time off work or visit their doctor, a lot of research goes into investigating the root causes of back pain. At Super Health Chatswood Medical Centre we are committed to a holistic approach to health conditions.
Diagnosing the cause of pain in the back can be a complex process because the back is made up of a collection of tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones, and discs that need to work together to support the body. Damage or pain to any of these components may be caused by medical conditions, poor posture, and or strain.
What Causes Lower Back Pain?
Lower back pain that has a sudden onset and that lasts for six weeks is usually the result of an injury caused by heavy lifting or a fall.
In the event that your back pain develops without an obvious cause, there are some possibilities, including
Strains of the muscles or ligaments
Strained muscles can be caused by ergonomics, poor posture or repetitive motion that can cause muscle spasms.
In some patients, pain is caused by osteoarthritis, which typically occurs in the lower back. If arthritis causes the area around the spinal cord to become narrower it can result in a condition known as stenosis.
The discs in your spinal column are little cushions that separate the vertebrae in your spine. Sometimes the material inside the disc can rupture or bulge, causing it to press against a nerve and cause pain.
What Causes Upper Back Pain?
Upper back pain typically is caused by different health conditions, which may include spine inflammation, tumours in the chest and disorders of the aorta.