Common Causes of Back Pain

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

In todays 60 Second Housecall, Dr. Edward Hill continues his look at back pain with a discussion of some of the most common causes of the ailment.

Dr. Hill:

Muscle strains and spasms are the most common causes of back pain, usually because of improper lifting, twisting or repetitive motions.

Those at a higher risk include people in poor physical condition, who sit or stand for long periods of time, or perform repetitive activities, especially involving heavy lifting.

Ninety percent of all back pain usually involves a strain or sprain of back muscles, ligaments or soft tissue. These conditions generally heal completely but may reoccur if prevention strategies are not used, which include using good body mechanics and an appropriate exercise program approved by your doctor or therapist.

The remaining 10 percent of cases are caused by more serious conditions such as degenerative disc disease, bulging or herniated discs in the spine.

Occasionally back pain can be caused by other conditions. These include arthritis, stomach ulcers or other intestinal problems, kidney disease, gynecologic conditions, heart disease and cancer. If back pain seems unrelated to an injury or activity, consult your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.