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The most common causes for nagging back ache problems and temporary back pain are lumbar muscle strains & ruptured or herniated discs. Below you’ll find symptoms, causes, and common treatments related to lower back pain, mid back pain and upper back pain.

Lumbar Muscle Strain – The most common cause of all back pain, lumbar muscle strains effect the lower back and are caused when the muscles in the back are stretched or torn. Pain or spasms are usually felt in the lower back while moving, but especially while bending over. The injury often occurs while lifting heavy objects or when a sudden twist, turn, or bend tweaks the back. This type of injury is the second most common reason for missing work behind the common cold. A strain usually occurs during physical exertation, but can also be brought on by being overweight, smoking, poor conditioning, and bad posture. Recover time usually last about one week, but will differ on a case by case basis. Treatment begins with resting the back, taking anti-inflammatory medication, and slowly incorporating light exercise. Find out more about Lumbar Muscle Strain from About.com.

Ruptured Disc – A ruptured disc, or herniated disc, is when the cushion between the spinal vertebra gets pushed out of place and put pressure on the spinal nerves located just outside of the discs normal location. This can effect the lower, middle and upper back. It typically happens while lifting heavy objects or simply by twisting or tweaking you back the wrong way. Some common symptoms include shock like sensations shooting up the spine to the neck, muscle weakness, tingling or numbness, and bowel or bladder problems. The first steps taken for lower back pain relief due to herniated discs usually include rest and lifestyle changes, heat and ice application, physical therapy, and anti-inflammatory medication. Consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment options.

As with all medical ailments, please consult your doctor for professional diagnosis and recommendations.

Back pain can sometimes be related to neck muscle pain so be sure to read the pages on head neck pain and neck pain relief.
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