Back Pain

Causes of backache


Cervical sprain (whiplash)

Cervical sprain (whiplash) usually results from a sudden movement or sudden motion. The head snaps back suddenly such as when an athlete is tackled while being unprepared.

Slipped disc

A disc is a small cushion composed of a thick gel contained in a tough membrane.

Bursitis of the elbow

Rugby players often break their falls with their elbows if they are holding onto the ball.

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“Slipping a disk” or spondylolisthesis is the forward slipping of vertebrae usually involving the fifth or bottom lumbar vertebrae. It is most prevalent in cricketers under the age of 25 and especially affects bowlers and fielders (any position that requires a lot of throwing puts strain on the back). Spondylolisthesis is caused by a defective or fractured vertebral arch.

Unbearable back pain

This is most probably caused by a broken vertebra, a tumour, a bacterial or tubercular infection or arthritis.

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Susan qualified as a Physiotherapist in 1990, and completed her master’s degree in Physiotherapy in 2013 at the University of Pretoria. She has a special interest in human biomechanics, as well as the interaction between domestic and work-related ergonomics.

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