With 8 out of 10 people experiencing back pain at some point in their lives, here are some of the most frequent causes:
- Muscle or ligament strain: Commonly after physical activity, overexertion or incorrect posture.
- Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are two of the most common types of arthritis that can cause back pain. Arthritis is characterised by joint inflammation and stiffness.
- Disc Injury: Wear and tear on the discs of your spine can cause them to become herniated or bulging, leading to inflammation of nearby nerves causing back pain.
- Poor Posture: Sitting or standing with poor posture for extended periods of time induces stress on the back muscles and spine, leading to pain and stiffness.
- Sciatica: Irritation or compression of the sciatic nerve due to a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or Piriformis Syndrome causes shooting pain down one or both legs.
- Spinal Stenosis: Narrowing of the spinal canal leads to nerve compression which can cause pain.