structure of back pain

The Structure of Back Pain

Back pain is a problem that plagues millions of people all around the world. The structure of the back is vulnerable to injuries that could lead to pain in the lower, middle, or upper parts of the back.  The spine’s form and function allows us to do so much, however the structures that make up the back can often be the cause of both minor and intense pain. Since our backs are prone to stress from twisting, turning, lifting and poor posture, feeling pain from one of the structures in the back is not uncommon. Bones in the back, the joints or the ligaments could become injured, nerves could be irritated or a herniated discs could be causing pain. These are just a few of the structures in our backs that could be injured in some way to cause pain.

Bone, joint and ligament injuries

Causing an injury to your back could be done without even realizing it. Sudden twists and jolts can irritate or tear ligaments while slouching throughout the day could cause bone and joint sensitivity. Try to move carefully throughout your day to help reduce and prevent back pain. Be aware of your backs position and focus on your posture as you move, lift, bend and turn.

Nerve pain

The are numerous reasons why nerves could be causing pain in your back. A minor injury, an autoimmune disorder, sickness and certain medications can all cause nerve pain. Nerves could be pinched, inflamed or damaged in the back. Although there are many different symptoms of nerve caused pain, based upon the type of nerve that is affected, common symptoms include  sensitivity, numbness, tingling, problems with being aware of one’s posture and feelings of burning.  A doctor can help you discover what type of nerve pain you are experiencing to help create a solution.

Herniated discs

In-between each of the spine’s vertebrae sits a soft cushion, known as a disc. As we age, these discs become less flexible and can rupture. When a disc ruptures it moves to protrude out from the spine. This can cause the disc to hit a nerve, causing back pain. Herniated discs can also leave the area between the vertebrae unprotected, allowing bone to rub on bone in certain positions and cause the spine to compress, causing more pain.

Get help

These three common causes are just some of the many problems that could be causing back pain. They can cause problems that range from slight irritations to very intense, crippling pains. If you are experiencing continuous back pain, or extremely painful back problems, visit a doctor to pinpoint the cause of your pain so that  together you can find a solution. Even if your doctor can not immediately identify the cause of your pain, that doesn’t mean there is not a way to find relief. Working with a healthcare provider, you can  learn about the options available for lessening pain and determine what could work best for you and your lifestyle.

Karen Emma Hall

I am a freelance writer, full time book lover, who loves everything to do with books, from writing and illustrating my own books, to reading and editing articles. My passion is in health and fitness, and especially enjoy natural health. I have just completed a series of stories for children that will be out soon, and you can find out how my progress goes on my blog here, and my twitter