Simple backaches are one of the many unpleasant feelings associated with disorders, which can often be eliminated with a bit of care and thought. However, backaches relating to back problems may not be easily treated because of the difficulty in diagnosing the proper cause. The serious back pains that one may feel such as lumbago and sciatica may very well be just symptoms of internal diseases. Among the many possible causes of serious back problems are slipped and herniatied disks, spondylolisthesis, osteoarthritis changes, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and tuberculosis.
Generally, back pains are caused by straining the muscles or ligaments of the spine because of poor posture, sitting in one position for a long time and in the wrong chair, sleeping in a mattress that may be too soft for the back, and more commonly, by carelessness in carrying or lifting heavy packages.
Among the difficulty with back problems is that they happen without warning. They take people and usually older people by surprise and often are debilitating especially when it is a symptom of a degenerative disease. The frequency of the occurrence of the back pain may also add to the difficulty with back problems because they vary from people to people although the pain is real no matter how old or young they are. The degree of prevention cannot be drawn for each person when it comes to back problems because they are sometimes caused by injuries to the muscles or joints.
There are a lot of reasons why a person suffers from back pain and this is also the difficulty with back problems. Without proper diagnosis, treatment in any form could be harmful especially when it is done for the sake of immediate relief. Allergic reactions and the possibility of worsening the situation lurk at every chance of treatment if the cause is not carefully identified. Massage for example as an alternative treatment for back pains is not advisable for those who suffer inflammation such as rheumatoid arthritis and in cases of osteoporosis. The uncertainty of the proper treatment is the difficulty with back problems that can be resolved by proper tests.
Also, the difficulty with back problems is that one cannot be sure if it is just a minor muscle strain because chances are they are indicators of more serious internal diseases of the kidney and pancreas, peptic ulcer and spinal arthritis. These diseases should be considered when identifying the cause of back pains that are continuous over a significantly long period of times.