When it comes to chronic pain, men and women are not created equal. Women are over-represented in the ranks of those dealing with chronic pain. Women are more prone to having migraine headaches, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory muscular disease, as well as their own specific pains such as labor pain, period pain, in the lower abdomen, and premenstrual body aches.
Women are more suffer from a range of illnesses, including joint and muscle disorders. They often bruise very easily and so are more likely to have injuries in the neck and back areas. The lower back, which starts below the ribcage, is called the lumbar region. Pain here can be intense and is one of the top causes of missed work. Fortunately, low back pain often gets better on its own. When it doesn’t, there are effective treatments.
Causes of Low Back Pain:
The low back pain may make it hard to move or stand up straight. Acute back pain comes on suddenly, often after an injury from sports or heavy lifting. Pain that lasts more than three months is considered chronic.
- Muscle Strain:
The kind of back pain that follows heavy lifting or exercising too hard is often caused by muscle strain. The muscles and ligaments in the back can stretch or tear due to excess activity. Symptoms include pain and stiffness in the lower back, as well as muscle spasms.
- Disc Injury or Sciatica :
The discs in the back are prone to injury, and this risk increases with age. Disc injury usually occurs suddenly after lifting something or twisting the back. Unlike a back strain, pain from a disc injury usually lasts for more than 72 hours. If a bulging or ruptured disc presses on the sciatic nerve, pain may run from the buttock down one leg. This is called sciatica.
- Spinal Stenosis:
Spinal stenosis is when the spinal column narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and spinal nerves. Spinal stenosis is most commonly due to degeneration of the discs between the vertebrae. Pressure on the spinal nerves causes symptoms such as numbness, cramping, and weakness.
Reported By Dr.Himani