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Many people experience back pain. In fact, back pain and musculoskeletal disorders are some of the most common reasons for people in industrialized countries missing work and seeking medical treatment. In this article, we’ll look at some of the causes of back pain, the symptoms and what you can do to help yourself feel better. 

Causes of Back Pain

Back pain can come from a number of causes. Some people injure themselves by playing sports or doing physical activities; some are hurt by automobile accidents or slips and falls. Others develop back pain by lifting heavy materials or improper alignment at work. 

The most common causes of back pain include:

Strain - if an individual strains their back by lifting something improperly, lifting something too heavy or sudden and abrupt or movement can cause intense back pain. Carrying small children, lifting and turning to pick up items can also put a strain on your back and lead to back pain. 

Structural issues - some people have structural problems with their spine and back that cause back pain such as a ruptured disk, sciatica, scoliosis, osteoporosis or arthritis.  

Posture and Movement Issues - Bad posture over a period of time can put a strain on your spine and back muscles and lead to back issues and pain. Everyday movement such as overstretching, standing or sitting for too long, or improper bending can also cause back pain.

Other Medical Issues - Other medical conditions can lead to back pain, including:

o Cancer of the spine
o Infection of the spine
o Other infections - Pelvic inflammatory disease, bladder, or kidney infections can lead to back pain.
o Piriformis Syndrome - Piriformis Syndrome is a painful condition where the piriformis muscle irritates the sciatic nerve, which causes spasms, numbness and pain. 

Back Pain Symptoms

Symptoms of back pain typically include a soreness, ache or numbness at any point on the back. Many people describe it as shooting pain in their back or a burning sensation that gets worse when a person is sitting, standing, bending or walking. 

Some back pain can affect the nerves, and the pain can travel through the buttocks, down the legs and into the feet. 

Most back pain will go away after some rest and a bit of time. If your back pain persists over a few weeks or is accompanied by other symptoms such as unexplained weight loss, weakness or numbness, or severe pain that doesn’t improve, you should immediately see your doctor. 

Back Pain Treatment Options

If you experience back pain, luckily, there are several treatment options. 


 
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Massage - A therapeutic massage with an RMT in Waterloo can help relax tense and sore back muscles, reduce inflammation, and provide back pain relief. 

Ultrasound Therapy - Ultrasound therapy benefits include pain reduction, increased circulation and improved mobility. Ultrasounds can also help reduce inflammation, which helps in healing and pain reduction. 

Exercises and Stretching - Your physiotherapist may suggest exercises and stretching to help relax and strengthen back muscles and improve circulation. Even a short walk every day can soothe tense muscles and improve mobility and circulation.

Now you know more about the causes of back pain and some of the treatment options available. So remember, take care of your back and take care of yourself.