Oo! Ahh! Ouch! Recurring back pain made me research on the possible reasons for this pain. I was surprised to know that one in every ten people (9.4 %)* all over the world suffered from back pain. It is the common reason for absence from work.
Our backs are made up of muscles, ligaments, tendons, disks and bones. Any problem with any of these organs can be the cause of back pain. Sometimes the causes are detectable and certain cases go undetected.
5 surprising reasons behind your back pain:
1.Wrong Postures: Bad postures while sitting or bending can cause back pain. Mostly when we bend to pick up a heavy item, we tend to twist or bend our body instead of bending at our knees and hips putting pressure on the back. Also, while sitting there is a tendency to slouch by forcing the shoulders to come forward affecting the alignment of the spine leading to a backache. Even sitting straight on an ergonomic chair for a long time can restrict the blood flow to the discs that protect your spine by wearing them out and putting stress the back.
2.Wrong footwear: High heeled stilettoes can make you look dainty but it stresses the knees, hips and back as it alters the angle of the body. It leads to uneven distribution of weight over the spine causing back pain. Similarly, even backless flats and flip flops and worn out shoes have the similar effect as it causes the heel to move around without even distribution of weight.
3.Bad Mattress: Your mattress too firm or too soft or too old can cause pain in the back. If it’s too firm, it would push your pressure points and misalign them while soft/old ones will let your body sink leading to bad posture. Basically, when you lie down, there should not be any air between you and the mattress, it should offer uniform support to avoid back pain.
4.Over Weight: Obesity or excess pounds of flesh especially around the belly area is bound to cause back pain. The extra fat forces the pelvis tilt forward. The body has to work hard to keep the balance in the process disrupting the alignment. This leads to excessive strain in the lower back leading to pain.
5.Urinary tract infection: Lower back pain can be an effect of urinary tract infection. The pain would be cramping and on either both side of the back or in the middle.