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What causes a nagging backache

Telangana Today 2019-02-10 00:00:00
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Poor posture at the workplace and a sedentary lifestyle aside, there are many lifestyle habits that might be ruining your back without your even realising it.

Agnivesh Tikoo, consultant, Spine Surgeon, Apollo Hospitals, Navi Mumbai and Aditya Khemka, consultant orthopaedics at Hinduja Healthcare Surgical, share what might be the culprit.


Smartphone mania
Many people multitask while talking on the phone and doing daily chores. Doing this for a few seconds isn’t going to cause bodily imbalance, but doing this longer than that will cause tension on one side of your neck and upper back. This could eventually manifest itself into back pain.

Lifting style
Whether it is your pet, child, backpack or handbag, the way you lift has a role to play in bone health. Incorrect and repetitive heavy lifting not only sprains and causes muscle damage, but also causes multiple pathological spinal issues. When lifting heavy objects, ensure all of the weight does not fall on your spine alone.

Diet dilemma
Your eating habits and weight gain, especially the ‘bulging tummy’ puts a lot of stress on the lower back. A weak core compounds this effect in aggravating lower back pain. Reducing dairy products, increasing smoking, soda, caffeine is definitely harmful for bone health.

Spending long hours indoors
Vitamin D is a bone vitamin responsible for strengthening bones, intervertebral disc and musculoskeletal well-being. Modern day lifestyle lacks outdoor activities and thereby, a majority of working population is deficient in Vitamin D. This results in weakening of bones, early degeneration of discs and lower back pain.

Mental stress
Even minor back pains can be increased by mental stress. Inability to sleep at night because of stress does not allow your body to relax properly. This can cause muscle fatigue and back spasms.

Smoking effect
People who smoke are more likely to develop chronic low back pain. Smoking has been shown to have adverse effects on the brain’s pain circuits causing persistent lower back pain. Smoking also interferes with the natural healing that body attempts after a back injury.

Bad roads and travel
The human body experiences sudden deceleration and random movements which get concentrated at the spine when a vehicle bumps over a pothole. In people with a history of back pain, this can trigger a new episode of severe pains and spasms which may need prolonged recovery time.