a significant impact on reducing the strain you place on your back muscles. Back pain most commonly affects the lower, lumbar region of the spine. This is normally due to excessive strain on the muscles, ligaments and small joints of the skeleton. Quite often overweight people are also unfit, and have poor muscle tone, which puts them at increased risk, over and above having to support a heavier load.
the joints to become thickened, inflamed and to produce excess synovial fluid leading to redness,
stiffness, swelling and pain. Areas of inflammation cause bone to become worn and distorted. When
trying to deal with pain in other areas, sufferers often lose site of how distorted they have become, and
twisting awkwardly to avoid injury transfers the strain to the back, usually the lower back, with obvious
of one leg. This is the result of the sciatic nerve being compressed or damaged, usually at the vertebral
level, by a prolapsed (slipped) inter-vertebral disc, which presses on the root of the sciatic nerve where it
joins the spinal cord. There are two sciatic nerves, left and right, but usually sciatica only affects one leg
at a time. Sometimes, in serious cases, it can affect both legs.
1. The disc itself has nerves in its outer fibers. When a
disc has been injured and is bulging and swollen,
these nerves become irritated and send out pain
messages to your brain. The pain you feel is usually
deep and achey and is located in the central area of
the spine or just slightly off to one side or the other
of the spine.
2. If the bulging disc or disk herniation is large enough, the spinal nerves too will be irritated, which
causes pain running down to the buttocks, thigh, leg or foot. This is called \u201csciatica.\u201d How far down the
leg the pain travels depends on which nerves are involved.
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