Up to 80 percent of the US population will experience back pain at some point during their lives. Most often, the problem is mechanical in nature:1 the result of poor posture, repetitive movements, or incorrect lifting, for instance (as opposed to resulting from injury, infection, or serious diseases, like cancer).
The experience of back pain can be very complex many back problems are difficult to diagnose and typically involve a wide variety of treatment options with various risks and benefits. And, it doesn’t help that many myths and misconceptions about back pain and back problems persist.
As most patients are well aware, good nutrition and a balanced diet are important components of overall health. What may surprise people with back problems is that diet, exercise and maintaining a healthy weight also play a major role specific to back health including the prevention of many problems and improved healing.
There are almost as many causes of back pain as there are words to describe the pain and related symptoms! Although muscle spasms are the most common cause of back pain, the spine can be susceptible to some of the same problems as other parts of your body (eg, infection). This article summarizes some of the other common and two uncommon causes of back pain.
If you have low back pain, pain doesn’t stop when you go to bed at night. There’s a vicious cycle of back pain and sleep problems that contribute to each other. It can be difficult to sleep well if your back hurts. And sometimes your back hurts more because you’re not sleeping well.