Back pain is ranked second to headaches as the most frequent location of pain. It is almost next to common colds in the list of common diseases.
The most common site for pain is the lower back because it bears the brunt of our weight and hence is more prone to get affected.
Structurally backache is a condition that usually is caused when one or more structures of the back gets affected and these includes muscles, cartilage, bones or spinal cord. The back region of our body is made of interconnecting structures like bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons.
The erect human posture has made our back adapt to withstand the forces of gravity over our lifetime. It also has made this region more easily vulnerable to wear and tear, strains and fractures.
Back pain may be sudden and sharp or it may be dull and if persistent for more than a week it might result in tension, soreness or stiffness of back muscles. Pain may aggravate with slightest of movement or even with coughing and sneezing. It may also be accompanied with numbness and tingling in the arms or legs.
The pain if limited to the back can be treated by simple remedies at home but if radiating to the lower abdomen, groin, leg or foot, needs medical attention.