Pain in the back anywhere lower the ribs and up to the hips is called low back pain. It is a condition that affects over 90 percent of the population at one time. Next to common cold, it remains the most common cause why people look for medical help.

Several people who experience low back pain do not meet up with a doctor because it generally resolves on its own. They might be suffering from any dull aches to sharp pains or even numbness. The pain typically lingers on for a day or two before it slowly subsides. In many, the pains keep recurring in varying intensities.

Studies have shown that back pain is the single most cause cited by employees for taking highest number of 'sick leaves'. Stress & strains of daily living and overuse and misuse of the muscles of the back are the common causes of backache.

Back pain so common why?

The curvature of the typical spine is such that, the bony column is weakest at 2 points. The cervical spine and the dorsal spine are the weakest points. The lower back bears at least 11/2 of the body weight. Hence, these points bear the brunt of repeated strains & stresses.

Every joint has an optimal position of function, departures from which enhances the probability of strains and pains. Eventually muscle strains lead to an overall imbalance in the muscle structure. There is continuous strain on the muscles, tendons bones, discs etc. The most common cause of back pain is poor posture. The genuine pain may be triggered by sudden lifting of weights, a sudden turn or a wrench, a fall on the back, sitting in a cramped position for a long times, horse-riding, riding a tractor etc. Occasionally, it won't be one event alone which triggers your backache. You may have been doing things improperly for a long time - standing, sitting or walking, until suddenly one simple movement might trigger your pains.

These so-called last straws to the already overburdened back are some of the following:

  • Trauma: acute or chronic - strange lifting, sudden wrenches, fall etc.
  • Psychic factors such as depression ' can cause lower muscle tone
  • Fatigue
  • Any acute illnesses can cause poor muscle tone
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity - causes increased lordosis
  • Localized, focal infections
  • Faulty structure of feet.
  • General poor health

Causes of backache

Separately from the above mentioned triggers, backache can be caused by a number of other conditions.

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Herniated Discs
  • Injuries and fractures of the vertebrae
  • Deformities
  • Occupational
  • Athletes
  • Vitamin D3 and Calcium deficiency
  • Compression of the spinal cord itself

Back pain may also originate from the nerves, spine and muscles of the back. Conditions affecting structures present in the abdomen and pelvis - (ovaries, intestines, prostate, kidneys etc.) can cause a backache. In general backache is never actually severe. It is self-resolving and lasts only for some days.

70 percent of persons approaching a GP are better in three weeks while 90 percent are better in 6 weeks time, irrespective of the treatment received.

Homeopathy for Low Backache

Homeopathic medicines offer excellent relief from low back pains. Homeopathic medications can relieve the spasms of the back muscles and provide effective pain relief without any side effects. Homeopathy is strongly recommended.

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