Back Pain A Curse For The 21st Century?



The answer to this question is probably “YES”. Back pain is the pain usually felt in the back that originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or any other structure in the spine. Back pain may have a sudden onset or can be a chronic pain it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate in other areas. It may be a dull pain, a sharp pain or piercing or burning sensation. The pain may radiate to hands & feet also. These symptoms may include tingling, weakness or numbness.

Back pain is one of humanity’s most frequent complaint of the 21st century. Back pain can be divided anatomically as neck pain, middle back pain, lower back pain & tailbone pain. Approximately 98% of back pain patients are diagnosed with nonspecific acute back pain which has no underlying pathology. Back pain usually does not require immediate medical intervention. The vast majority of episodes are self-limiting & non progressive.


A few studies suggest that psychological factors such as on the job stress & dysfunctional family relationships may correlate more closely with back pain than structural abnormalities revealed in x-rays & other medical imaging scans. While some scholars believe that it is the curse of the 21st century as many inventions has made human life very easy & made them lazy.

For transportation our ancestors use to go by walking or use the bicycle which indirectly or directly the best form of exercise but we now a days hardly go anywhere walking & also the job profile has made us prone to back pain. Mostly our job profile is to sit at one place & do the work on computer which puts extreme pressure on one’s back.Ladies wearing heels can also affect their back badly because wearing heels put a pressure on the back .


The treatment of back pain includes regular exercise, less intake of fatty foods & proper sitting & standing position.



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Ayesha Patel


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