Back pain, in general, becomes more likely as a person ages. However, this is not a necessity in aging if people had previously taken care of their body structurally and metabolically.
Causes of back pain include:
The most common cause of the mid and low back pain is muscle strain and sprains that are usually caused by repeatedly lifting heavy objects or carrying items improperly can cause the muscles and ligaments in the back to stretch or tear.
Other causes include:
less fluid between spinal joints
reduced muscle mass
thinning of the bones
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common degenerative joint disease that affects 30 million adults in the United States. OA causes the ends of bones to rub together, leading to pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the back. Over time, it causes the vertebrae to fuse together, which can impact posture and mobility.
A fracture or broken bone can occur in any of the vertebrae in the middle back as a result of a sports injury, automobile crash, or fall.
A fracture is when the continuity of a bone is broken. There are many different types of fracture from greenstic...
Thinning of the spine over time, such as from osteoarthritis, can also cause a fractured vertebra most commonly presenting as compression-type fractures that cause rather severe pain that gets worse with movement. If the fractures affect the spinal cord, it can then lead to tingling, numbness, and occasional incontinence.
Disks are located between the vertebrae, where they act as shock-absorbing cushions. They also help a person move.
The disks are filled with liquid and can rupture or bulge outward. This is known as a herniated disk, slipped disk, or ruptured disk, and it puts pressure on the surrounding nerves. A herniated disk in the middle back does not always cause symptoms, but it may result in pain, tingling, or numbness.
Kidney problems including stones.
DR. JADALI’S TAKE ON MID BACK PAIN INCLUDING PREVENTION & TREATMENT:
Swimming is one of the best remedies for the prevention and treatment of the mid and low back pain. During swimming your weight is reduced due to the floating effect in water and simultaneously you are exercising all the muscles in your body. These actions gradually and day after day strengthen all the back structures including ligaments, tendons, and muscles.
Metabolic (the biochemical process that happens within us including the build-up and destruction of the living organisms and tissues) also affects your back. The bones, the muscles, the ligaments, and the tendons are all alive and needing a day to day nutrients to build up. They also die on a daily basis. Now, if they don’t receive adequate and appropriate nutrients, their daily build-up is affected and eventually, their material dies faster than they are created and thus leads to the thinning bones and loss of muscle that together were supposed to protect your spinal cord.
Knowing these two simple factors gives a new meaning to eating well and exercising, doesn’t it?