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Consisting of an intricate network of nerves, bones, muscles, tendons and joints, the spine is one of the body’s most complex systems.
Anyone can suffer from back pain and it can occur at any time of life. General aches, stiffness and tension can make it hard to diagnose specific causes of back pain but it usually relates to muscle, tendon or ligament strain. Painkillers will help in the majority of cases, unless there is more serious damage to the structure of your spine.
You can help yourself avoid back pain by following the below checklist:
The most common complaints related to back pain include soreness, tension and stiffness. These are referred to as ‘non-specific’ back pains and can result from awkwardly twisting your spine or lifting a heavy object.
Also known as the thoracic spine, pain felt from the base of your neck to the bottom of your ribcage is included in this category. Symptoms include dull, burning or sharp pains; you may also experience pain in your legs, arms and chest. If you experience weakness in your arms or legs, a numb or tingling feeling in your arms, legs, chest or stomach area, or are suffering from a loss of bladder or bowel control, you should seek immediate medical attention.
It can be hard to identify the cause non-specific back pain, but some factors may include the following:
Specific damage to parts of your spine will also result in pain, such as: