Medical Causes of Back Pain

Simple Stretches Eliminate Back PainFor people who suffer from chronic lower back pain that has no real acute cause, there may be medical causes for it. If you are over 60 years of age and experiencing sudden, very painful, unexplained back pain you may be suffering from arthritis or possibly a collapsed vertebrate as they are common medical causes of back pain. Neither condition is dangerous but it can be extremely painful. You will need to see your health care provider for how to deal with this problem.

An injury when you were younger that may not have healed properly may cause back pain that only occurs sporadically and then settles in the lower spine may be the first symptoms of spondylolisthesis or spondylosis developing. Spondylolisthesis occurs when one vertebra slips over another one and causes compression or pinching of a nerve. Spondylosis is a deformity or degeneration of the joint between two vertebra that causes a narrowing of the space between the vertebra and results in compression or pinching of a nerve. These conditions develop because a person was either born with the conditions or had an previous injury that cause it. Fortunately, the treatment is straight forward and consists of easing off the excessive physical activity, rests and taking anti-inflammatory medications if prescribed by the family doctor.

One other medical cause of lower back pain can be ankylosing spondylitis which is a type of arthritis. The primary sign is stiffness first thing upon rising and swelling of the joints. Taking mild anti-inflammatory medication is usually enough to treat mild cases. Warm compresses, consisting of a heating pad or a hot water bottle may give additional benefit. If the pain persists then you should visit your doctor.

During pregnancy, especially the third trimester, a form of back pain may develop, called sciatica, which heat treatment should help. There are several types of heating devices available today ranging from hot water bottles to electric heat pads to far-infrared heating pads with jade stones.   The far-infrared heating pads provide a deep penetrating heat that works quickly to neutralize aches and pains.  For more information about these pads read this article, far-infrared heating pads with jade stones.

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