Mechanical Back Pain

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Mechanical Back Pain Facts You Need to Know

Back pain is a very common concern among older adults. Studies show that back pain cases are more common among females who are under 40-80 years old. Back pain could be felt anywhere along the spine. The pain quality and severity vary depending on the individual’s pain tolerance and the cause of the pain. It could range from a mild, tolerable ache to a severe debilitating pain.

The most common type of back pain is acute pain, which typically lasts for 6 weeks or even less. Chronic pain, on the other hand, lasts for 3 months or more.

A majority of back pain cases is resolved after a few days or weeks even without medical intervention. Although most back pain causes are not life-threatening emergencies,
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Mechanical back pain is linked to the movement or “mechanics” of the spine. It refers to any type of pain being experienced when there is an abnormal amount of stress placed on the structures of the spine and its accessory tissues such as the vertebrae, vertebral disc, nerves, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons, resulting in inflammation. Research shows that 97% of back pain cases are attributed to mechanical back…show more content…
Painful muscle spasms could result from constantly lifting heavy objects without using proper body mechanics.
Spinal stenosis. Stenosis means abnormal narrowing. In spinal stenosis, the spinal canal narrows abnormally, leading to the compression of your spinal nerves.
Herniated disc. Also known as a slipped disc, this condition is characterized by protrusion of the inner (soft, jellylike) portion of your vertebral disc towards the outer (tough, ringlike) portion. This can cause discomfort, pain, and numbness when your spinal nerves are compressed.
Disc degeneration. This condition is also known as degenerative disc disease. It is usually attributed to aging. As you age, your vertebral discs lose their water content, making them lose height. This would stack your vertebrae closer together and make the nerve openings narrower, leading to back pain. When this happens, your discs would be ineffective in its function as your body’s shock absorber.
Myofascial pain syndrome. This chronic pain disorder is usually experienced when the muscles have been contracted repeatedly. This leads to muscle pain and tightness, limited muscle flexibility, and referred pain (pain felt in other parts of the body other than the actual

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