Back ache: Causes & Symptoms

Back ache is a common ailment since ages and is more prominent health problem in this era. Sedentary lifestyle , psychological conditions and hazardous working patterns  which cause emotional stress , which results in spasms of the muscles , cause backaches. The weight of the body is borne by the back , so an obese  person feels  the strain on the back when they have to carry extra load.

Symptoms of Back ache

  • Mild to severe pain in the middle or  lower back region .
  • Pain may spread to both sides of the waist and hips
  • In acute pain, the patient may be unable to move and may be bedridden

The intensity of pain may differ from person to person. The pain may  be a sudden attack or  take a chronic form. in acute form, the pain starts suddenly. In chronic form, the pain may  last for 3-4 months.  It is very common problem in pregnant women as  the ligaments around the uterus stretches.


About 90% of  backache patients suffer from cervical and lumbar spondylosis . It is a degenerative   disorder  in which the different vertebrae adhere to each other through body unions. As a result, the spine loses its flexibility.

 Causes of Back ache

The main cause of back ache is muscular tension, poor  posture,  straining of the joints,  and improper nutrition  due to faulty diet and lack of exercise. Acute or chronic illnesses like  kidney or prostate  problems, female disorders, arthritis and influenza may also cause backaches. Stress and strain due to long hours of sitting , improper lifting of weights, high heels and emotional problems are other causes of backache.