But the most severe cases can be found in people suffering from osteoporosis – a condition where the bones, particularly those in the spine, wrist and the hips – become thin and weak.
Disc degeneration, narrowing of the spinal canal, thickening of bones, joints, ligaments and gynecological problems, such as ovarian cysts or an infection in the pelvis, are also major factors in causing backache.
“Because people hardly ever walk, do not play many outdoor games, use lifts and escalators instead of the stairs and generally lead a very sedentary lifestyle. This leads to a lot of people being overweight. That excess weight puts a lot of stress on your spine and leads to backache.
“It is a vicious circle because as people get backache they stop walking and exercising, which in turn leads to them putting on more weight and aggravating the problem.” He also advises weight reduction through dieting and exercise to strengthen the back and abdominal muscles.
“The best way to avoid back problems is to think about the strain any form of movement [has] on that part of the body. For example, if you have to pick something up from the ground, don’t just bend over, always bend your knee and then pick it up,” he advises.
“Also, don’t do something for which you are not fit, and when exercising, don’t push your body to extreme limits. Understand your body and work within your muscular structure. Exercising the back, abdomen and shoulder muscles can also help.”
“Protect your back while sitting, standing and lying down by keeping it straight – your chin and stomach should be pulled in and your knees bent.
“For those who suffer from backache and pray five times a day I would advise they sit down to pray, as back muscles get taxed when you are bending forward.” Talking about the treatment for backache, he says: “First I advise patients to take five to seven days of bed rest. If that does not help, then the doctor might ask for an MRI.