Unfortunately, we don’t pamper our precious backs as we do our skin or hair or nails. We should. Spinal pain is said to affect at one time or another up to 80% of the population. It is estimated that four out of five adults under the age of 45 will experience some sort of spine related problem in their lives. It is said to be the second most common cause of people taking time off from work (the first being the common cold).

These are horrifying statistics for a disorder that is often simply due to bad spinal health.

Sufferers describe backache, as many people refer to it, in different ways: “a mild, dull ache”, “a sharp, stabbing pain”, “numbness” or “a feeling of stiffness”.

At its worse, it may be debilitating, an unbearable agony that can leave a sufferer bed-ridden, experiencing nausea, vomiting and even fever. They may be temporary (e.g., caused by pregnancy or as a symptom of another disorder), permanent (e.g., caused by a spinal disorder) or sporadic (e.g., caused by bad posture).

Sufferers agree, however, that this is a condition that lays a patient low both physically and emotionally. Furthermore, it is often, in itself, the cause of further back problems. The condition can create a vicious circle: bad spinal pains result in bad posture as the sufferer stoops, bends and shuffles at home or at work in an effort to ease it. The result: increasing chronic spinal pain.

There are a number of causes.

— spinal problems experienced by the aged is, unfortunately, part and parcel of the aging process. This type of condition may be caused by any of a number of spinal disorders, e.g., spinal stenosis.

— Temporary back ache which is often experienced by pregnant women and women with menopause. Some people mention they experience a type of “nervous’ spinal condition.

— Everyone knows someone who suffers with arthritis, a very common cause of of spinal problems, particularly in the elderly and sports people.

— A sports injury or car accident may cause spinal problems. Lumbar sprains and strains or vertebral fractures may result in local, specific spinal trauma.

— Bad posture is one of the most common causes, experienced particularly in certain occupations, e.g., secretaries who sit all day or sales assistants who stand all day. Many manual labor jobs may cause spinal problems.

— Certain viral and bacterial infections, e.g., meningitis or a urinary tract infection, may also be the cause.

— Congenital spinal problems may be caused by certain inherent diseases (those a person may be born with, e.g., curvature of the spine).

— It may be a symptom of a number of diseases, including kidney disease, gall bladder infection, etc.

The good news is that it can usually be completely cured by diagnosing the root cause of the back problem, especially in the case of disease or injury. In the case of degenerative spinal problems from bad posture, pain can be eased by conventional or homeopathic methods.

*Article by Anthony France