The spine is one of the most versatile and sturdy structures in the human body. It’s organized and connected through several nerves, flexible tendons, hard bones, and many muscles that facilitate the core of your mobility. It accommodates for your neck, upper back, and the lower back. However, recent afflictions can cause stress to these areas.
Causes of Neck Pain
Acute neck pain is more common and easier to develop. Pain can often occur after a strain in one of the muscles, ligaments, or tendons. This is regularly caused by poor sleeping posture, or a strike on your head or throat that affects your neck (whiplash and falling). Being conscientious of keeping stress low on your neck, acquiring a better mattress, adopting a better sleeping position, or just having the foresight to prevent occasions that can cause a strain in your neck will often avoid and can improve acute pain conditions.
Chronic pain that lasts many weeks, and even months, can be a sign of a more significant problem. If there are other symptoms that accommodate the neck pain, such as feeling pain in the arm or a feeling of numbness, these can be signs of a herniated disc, pinched nerves, spinal stenosis, or a number of significant spine injuries and problems.
Causes of Upper Back Pain
The upper back is not commonly an issue for pain. The discs located in this section of the spine move less. They provide more support and protection for the spine and body rather than mobility. Issues that cause upper back pain tend to be a symptom of problems related to upper back muscles. These muscle pains are referred to as myofascial pain, which is muscle irritation that can develop from overly strained muscles, de-conditioned muscles, or injuries and accidents.
Causes of Lower Back Pain
This area of the back is the most commonly stressed, and suffers the most potential injury in the spine. Muscle strains can be an acute cause of pain, which can be facilitated by strengthening the core of your body with abdomen workouts, lower back workouts, and cardio exercise. Stretches that target core areas of the body also help to maintain and improve their foundation and flexibility.
Chronic pain issues will develop most commonly from herniated discs, discs degenerating over time from extensive use (or misuse), or pinched nerves that can cause excessive pain. These back problems can also afflict your leg, affect the sciatic nerve and causing pain to the back of your leg.
Pain at the Base/Bottom of the Spine
Pain located here is often an issue involving the sacroiliac joints which connect to the pelvis. These joints can cause pain when they are either used too much or too little, the pain being a symptom of Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction. The coccyx can also be ailed when it has been recently struck in either a fall or an accident. Pain here is noticeable more often when you sit, stand up, or apply pressure to the tailbone.