What Is Back Pain?
Back pain is pain felt in the back. Your back is composed of many structures that all work together to support your body. This includes your: vertebrae, spinal cord, intervertebral discs, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. Problems with any of these structures can cause back pain, including injuries, inflammatory conditions such as ankylosing spondylitis, infections, and tumors and cancers.
Back pain can range from mild to severe, affect different parts of the back, and last a few days to years. The bottom part of your back typically has just five vertebrae — fewer than your neck and mid-back. And these vertebrae do a lot of heavy lifting! Your lower back is where your spine connects to your pelvis, bearing the weight of your upper body. This area experiences a lot of movement and stress, which may lead to wear, tear, and injuries.
What Causes Back Pain?
Back pain can have many causes that are connected to the feet. One of the most common is a problem with the sciatic nerve. The sciatic nerve is a bundle of five nerves that runs from the lower part of your spine down your legs. When this nerve is pinched or compressed, you may feel pain in your lower back and feet.
Sometimes, your lower back pain can be due to biomechanical issues. This can be due to having a bad posture or having one leg that's longer than the other.
Also, you may have flat feet. This condition can cause your thighs and knees to rotate inward, which can cause an exaggerated curvature of your lower back. Over time, this posture can put more pressure on your hips and knees and lead to back pain.
Back pain can also be due to arthritis of the spine, herniated discs, back injuries and so on.
How To Relieve Back Pain?
You might avoid back pain or prevent its recurrence by improving your physical condition and learning and practicing proper body mechanics and keep your back healthy and strong:
- Proper footwear. Wearing shoes that provide arch support can help keep your legs and back aligned properly. Shoes with extra cushioning can help minimize the impact when walking or running and reduce the risk of back pain.
- Custom orthotics. Custom orthotics can be worn inside the shoes to add support to the arches and to help you maintain proper posture. They can relieve pain in the feet, legs, and lower back.
- Exercise. Certain exercises can be done to correct imbalances, such as the foot pointing inward or outward, or to correct problems with a posture that affects the lower back.
- Maintain a healthy weight and eat a nutritious diet with a sufficient daily intake of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D to promote new bone growth.
- Quit smoking. Smoking reduces blood flow to the lower spine, which can contribute to spinal disc degeneration. Smoking also increases the risk of osteoporosis and impedes healing. Coughing due to heavy smoking also may cause back pain.
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