Back Pain: Possible Causes

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.

Simple Tips to Prevent Bunions

They say that if you want change, it should first start with you. If you want to help make a difference in our environment, you could start it in your home. There are many basic things that you could do at home that can make a significant contribution to our environment. For instance, using natural cleaning agents such as baking soda and vinegar in cleaning instead of using toxic commercial products can help reduce air and water pollution in general. Recycling your garbage too, instead of throwing everything in the dump can help in reducing waste.

Each of us has something to offer for the preservation and protection of the environment as long as you are willing to work and put some effort. That is, unless you are suffering from certain conditions that affect your ability to do even some of the most basic tasks.

One of the conditions that seem to be negligible but can greatly affect your ability to even stand up is a bunion. If you have a bunion, it can be a challenge for you to do even some of the simplest tasks at home that require the use of your feet. Yet, many people are not aware of what causes bunions and how to prevent them. That is why many still suffer from this condition.

A bunion is a condition when a person has an enlarged joint at the base of the big toe. If it affects the smallest toe, it is called tailors bunion. Under this condition, the affected joint normally flexes with each movement, making it painful to walk.

Several factors can cause a bunion. One is hereditary factors such as having over pronation which puts much pressure on the toes. Among women, the primary cause of bunions is the use of high-heeled or pointed shoes. Fortunately, there are ways on how bunions can be prevented:

  1. Set an appointment with a podiatrist, a doctor who specializes in this condition, even if you don’t have any sign of bunion. Bunions and other foot problems that are inherent in your family can be prevented before a child turns 6 years old. If you are a parent and bunions run in your family, have your children checked by a podiatrist for some advice on how your children can prevent the same condition.
  2. Choose comfortable shoes that provide better foot support. Avoid wearing high heels and pointed shoes. Instead, wear shoes with lower heels, preferably less than two inches in height. Also opt for wedges as they provide better support for your feet than stilettos. Between pointed shoes and round-toe shoes, the latter is much better to use. Also when choosing shoes, be sure that they do not irritate or cramp your toes and that they have a wide toe box that conforms to your feet.
  3. Avoid too much rolling of your toes inward (pronation) when walking or running. Doing so may lead to the formation of bunions. If you have excessive pronation, your doctor may recommend using custom orthotic shoe inserts.
  4. If you are starting to develop a bunion, avoid activities that can cause more pressure on the feet. For instance, let us say that running is part of your exercise regime before experiencing a bunion. Once you start developing it, slowly reduce your running time and try switching to another exercise regime since running can speed up the development of bunions.

A bunion is definitely a serious matter especially if you want to make a good contribution for the environment. However, you can try the tips mentioned above to avoid this condition.