Let’s have a look at some lesser known causes…
Here are the three lesser known causes of back pain
Degenerative arthritis is by far the most common and, at the same time, usually the least serious. This is a normal part of the ageing process. After all, as you get older, the more your joints wear and some of them wear out, writes Chet Cunningham author of the Sciatica Report.
This happens when the cartilage that cushions and protects your joints wears away. The joints most affected include your hands, feet and your spine.
On the other hand, “osteoarthritis is the growing of rims or bony spurs either on or near the facet joints. Interestingly these spurs may actually help stabilise the discs or joints of the spine and may help you avoid back pain, not cause it,” writes Cunningham.
In people over 65, this condition may limit mobility and cause some stiffness in the back.
Rheumatoid arthritis can attack your spinal column, but it can also affect the joints in your hands, elbows, fingers, toes and shoulders as well.
If it affects the facet joints of your spine, it results in severe inflammation, swelling and painful stiffness. Rheumatoid arthritis can destroy the joint as it progresses as well as the tissue surrounding it.
#2: Muscle spasms
Muscle spasms resulting from an injury or just a fall can irritate your sciatic nerve. Some experts say, for example, that an inflamed s muscle (piriformis) in your buttocks can press against the sciatic nerve and cause the pain. This muscle is the one that lets you lift your leg sideways. The piriformis can become inflamed from an injury or over-exertion.
Spondylolisthesis happens when there’s a crack in the back of your vertebral column. When this crack widens sufficiently, the front section of your vertebra can then slip forward in relation to the vertebra below it.
According to Cunningham, in mild form, this problem can go unnoticed since there’s little or no pain involved. A flare up of pain may come from sudden exertion. The best treatment is exercises to strengthen the area after the pain subsides.
Knowing the lesser known causes of back pain will help ensure you seek treatment from your doctor to confirm or rule out a sciatic problem or any underlying cause.