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What is backache?

Backache is a pain in the back that may be caused by a number of factors. The pain occurs mostly in the lower part of the back which intensifies further if a person bends forward. The back covers the area from below the neck to tail bone. It is made of the bones of the vertebrae; the joints control the movement of the spine, the discs that keep apart the bones of the spine and act as shock absorbers during movement, and also the muscles and ligaments that bind all of them together. In case one or more of these structures come under stress, it leads to pain. In old age, backache may spread cause pain in the legs as a result of pressure on the spinal nerves. Backache usually takes two weeks to go away. However, recurrence of backache is quite common which needs a proper remedy.

Symptoms of backache:
There are a number of symptoms of backache. The primary symptom of the problem is experience of pain in the lower part of the back. This pain could radiate down the front, side, or back of your leg, or it may remain restricted within the lower part of your back.

You should be careful when you find the pain getting worse with physical activity. At times, the pain may be more severe at night or because of remaining seated for a long period. You may feel numbness or weakness in that area of the leg which gets its nerve supply from a compressed nerve.

Causes of backache:
Backache can be caused by a number of factors including injury, degenerative changes, swelling, and even cancer. People accustomed to sitting and sleeping on foamy mattresses run more risks of developing backache. Overexertion, carrying or lifting heavy weights, sudden jerk, long period of sitting, wrong posture, fatigue etc. can cause backache in a person. One must keep it in mind that about 200 muscles in the back help us maintain an upright posture. Backache is likely to occur if one receives a direct injury to his/her back. Diseases that that affect the bones and joints of the spine can lead to backache.  Arthritis and osteoporosis are often found to cause back pain. Degenerative changes in the bones of the spinal cord, which usually occur when a person gets older, could also be responsible for backache.

Treatments of backache:
Natural and ayurvedic:
You can feel comfortable if you sleeping with a pillow between the knees while lying on one side. Lying on your back with a pillow under your knees may also provide relief. The bedding or mattress must give a strong support. Use of hot water bottles is also recommended.

Home remedies: 
Physiotherapy may help reduce pain also. Although bed rest for too long can be harmful, exercise or any sort of exertion should be put off for a while. Painkillers such as ibuprofen or paracetamol reduce the swelling and are normally prescribed twice or thrice daily. Your doctor can decide which medication, if any, will suit you depending on your medical history, allergies, and other medicines you might be taking. Surgery is rarely thought of as a remedy for backache unless sciatica or the cauda equina syndrome is present. Surgery may suit those with certain progressive nerve problems caused by herniated discs.

Ayurvedagram medical center at Bangalore in India is a best center for curing Back ache.

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