What is Back Pain?

Back pain is a common problem. It frequently results from the strain of normal muscle, ligament, or tendon.

How is the back structured?

The spine, or the backbone, is one of the strongest parts of the body and gives us a great deal and flexibility and strength. It consists of 24 irregular bones.

Vertebrae that sit on top of the others separated by in-between discs. Inside the hard vertebrae.

vertebraeDiscsspinal cord

The spinal cord travels well protected, bridging the communication from the brain to the rest of the body, aided by the nervous system.

What causes back pain?

Poor posture, lack of physical training causing the back to stiffen, muscle strain, and sprains.

Some specific conditions are linked with the painful back including spondylosis, sciatica, and spinal stenosis.

spondylosis, sciatica and spinal stenosis.

Commonly related conditions,


Your back pain is affected by the wear and tear of the spine. As we get older, the discs inside the spine become thinner, narrowing the gaps between the vertebrae.

Spondylosis_ thinner

The condition may be worsened at the edges of the vertebrae and facet joints by the development of bone spurs or osteophytes.

Spondylosis_ bone spurs or osteophytes


Sciatica_ Discs

Sciatica is caused by the irritation or compression of sciatic nerve roots in the spine. This may result in linked pain or numbness or tingling sensation in the legs. Pain travels all the way down the leg and foot.


Sciatica_ legs

Fortunately, 60% of people recover very quickly. Although in some cases it may take a number of months.

Other Causes:

Another rare cause of back pain is Spin stenosis. The bone problem such as a fracture and an infection, tumor, inflammation such as in Ankylosing spondylitis.


When should I see my Doctor?

You should see your doctor if your pain is very severe or lasts for a long period of time and significantly affect your everyday activities.

See your doctor immediately if you have difficulty controlling or passing urine, you lose control of your bowels, you feel numbness on the area of your anus or genitals, you have weakness in your legs, or are unsteady on your feet.

How are back problems diagnosed?

As most cases of back pain improve by themselves, a quick examination can diagnose most back pain conditions immediately. It rarely requires additional procedures.

What tests are there?

If needed, a rheumatologist may advise an X-ray, MRI scan, CT scan.

What Can I Do To Help Myself?

Painkillers, Paracetamol or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, a proton pump inhibitor which will help to protect the stomach.

Regular physical exercise helps you lose weight as this will reduce the strain on your back. Maintain a good straight posture whenever you sit at home, work, or in the car.

When you have to lift something, try to bend your knees and let your spine move without twisting. If it’s too much you can relieve the pain and stiffness by putting a heat pack in the affected area or an ice pack.

Who should treat me?

If back pain is still not settled, you need to see a specialist, a rheumatologist who would advise you on specialized treatment accordingly.

Back Pain: Work from Home (Problem)

Do you feel pain in your head from particularly from the front of the head and slowly radiating to the backside?

Do you feel pain in the lower back part of your lower back?

The pros and cons of work from home this small term work from home brings so many problems.

We talk about the positive side of work from home but it comes with a cost and that’s what we are going to discuss.

The most important problems associated with work from home and how to get rid of them?

  • Most people like 60% and above suffer from spinal pain in work from home that is lower back pain.
  •  Then comes the shoulder pain.
  •  The third is the pain in the skull in the front of your head.
  •  The fourth one is the issue with the vision.

These are the four things according to the study.

Back Pain: Work from Home (Solution)

  • Improve your posture while sitting on the chair while working on a laptop and invest in a good chair that will give you good posture.
  • Do some lower back exercises, to strengthen the back muscles.
  • The laptop or desktop screen should match your eye site level.