Causes of Chronic Back Pain

 

Like any other pain, back pain is one of the things that interfere with our day to day life. More than headaches or muscle pains, back pain stops us from carrying out many of our daily tasks because it is directly linked to the spinal area, and the spine cord is essential for us to even be standing up straight, let alone carrying something or lifting something. So if you have had a back pain for awhile, it’s time to get it checked out by an orthopaedic. Here are some possible causes of your back pain:

The Way You Walk

Granted, it’s not actually the way you walk so much as the shoes you wear. For women, high heeled shoes lead to back pain as it puts too much strain on the nerves and muscles of the feet in order to balance, and this affects the spinal column. Once properly diagnosed, the pain can be reduced by wearing shoes without high heels, such as ballet flats.

People also have a misconception that women are the only ones affected by their shoes; in truth, men too are affected by it, especially if they wear tight, uncomfortable shoes that bunch the toes together in front or have too high a sole. Again, the solution is different shoes: while men may not be able to wear ballet flats, comfortable shoes like Oxfords or brogues should do the trick.

The Way You Carry

Back pain can also arise as a result of muscle or nerve strain, or the dislocation of a spinal disk. All of the above can occur if the way you lift and carry things is incorrect. The human body has a system of levers and fulcrums which can bear a lot of weight – at the right angles. For instance, our thigh bones are the strongest bones in the body meaning they can carry a lot of weight. But if something falls on it from a height, the bone will fracture. Similarly, when lifting something, distribute the force to your knees instead of the spine by bending your knees and lifting it with your spine erect, not bent over double. When carrying something, lift your arms to chest height as that is your centre of gravity and will help distribute the weight of what you’re carrying evenly around your body.

The Way Your Position Yourself

Not for nothing did those old-school teachers bark at us to straighten our backs. Slouching seems to be a millennial trait, but unfortunately, is one that has been linked to chronic back pain. The more we stand crookedly, with all our weight on one leg, the more strain we put on the pelvic bone on that side and the more wear and tear the muscles around it have to undergo. Eventually, it leads to pain. Similarly, slouching in a chair will put pressure on the base of the spine instead of the curve of the pelvis, which is designed to handle weight. This can lead to a slipped disk or increased wear on the spinal disks, again leading to chronic pain.

Article by Romola Ferrari

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