Back Pain

Causes of backache

Read the latest information on the causes of backache and back pain. Find detailed insights on different back problem causes like spinal stenosis, slipped discs, bursitis, cervical sprains and spinal cord injuries.

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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.

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.

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