Nature tripping can be an excellent activity for friends and family. There are national parks and nature reserves across the country suitable for nature tripping and sightseeing. Hiking and camping outdoors can bring you closer to nature and help you appreciate more the natural beauty of the environment. However, nature tripping can cause body pain, more particularly back pain especially if you are carrying a heavy backpack on a long hike.
Back pain is a common problem affecting many people even those who do not engage in nature tripping or hiking. This kind of pain can be triggered even by everyday activities at home, school or work. The pain can develop gradually and may worsen over time. If you have back pain, whether it is lower left back pain, middle back pain or upper back pain, you are not alone. In fact, according to the National Institute of Health, around 80 percent of people may experience this at one point in their life. More often, the pain is only minor; but sometimes, it can also be caused by a more serious underlying condition.
Here are some of the possible causes of back pain:
- Mechanical problems – Mechanical problems refer to conditions affecting the movement of your spine. One of the most common mechanical problems which can cause back pain is intervertebral disc degeneration which is common among older people. The discs found between the spine’s vertebrae can deteriorate with age, which in turn may result in lower cushioning ability. Back pain may then arise when the back is stressed. Other mechanical problems that can cause back pain include wearing down of facet joints, spasms, ruptured discs and muscle tension.
- Injuries – If you have a spine injury that causes fractures or sprains on the spine for one reason or another, it may also cause a minor or chronic back pain. Sprains refer to the tears in the ligaments supporting the spine. They normally occur as a result of sudden or improper lifting or twisting. On the other hand, fractures on the vertebrae are more often a result of having osteoporosis, a condition when the bones become weak and porous. Less commonly, back pain may be caused by more severe injuries that result from accidents and falls. In some cases, injuries may be caused by accidents or falls.
- Certain medical conditions – Some health problems may also contribute to back pain. Among the most common are scoliosis, various forms of arthritis and spinal stenosis. Some people also suffer from back pain as a symptom of kidney stones or kidney infection, fibromyalgia and endometriosis. Pregnant women are also prone to back pain.
- Infections – A less common cause of back pain is infection affecting the vertebrae, known as osteomyelitis.
- Tumors – Tumors too may cause back pain but only in rare cases. Some tumors may appear in the back or spread to the back from other parts of the body.
- Emotional stress – Emotional stress such as depression and anxiety affects the body in many ways. In some cases, it can affect the severity and duration of back pain.
While you may be able to endure back pain, this condition is something that needs your attention. For persistent back pain, it is best to see your doctor to know the real cause of the pain.