What is the cause of female back pain if not pregnant?

Women often suffer from pain in their lower back. This pain is often associated to various things. Menstruation, excessive weight, poor posture, menopause, and strenuous activity are often blamed for this pain in the lower back. back pain is usually associated with strain. This strain can be because of poor posture and a sedentary lifestyle. Both lack of physical activity and an excess of it, can put strain on the lower back. If you have been involved in strenuous activity, you might pull a muscle. Even a bad sleeping mattress or poor sleeping posture could be causing you back pain. Osteoarthritis, a disease which affects the bones of the body by making them porous or degenerating them, can also cause pain in the lower back. This can only be detected by a medical practitioner by taking x-rays or MRI scanning. If the discs of the spine degenerate, the pain can really intensify and even the slightest of movements becomes painful. Therefore, it is best to consult a doctor as soon as you start experiencing this pain.

Another condition that causes such pain is sciatica. This is a common ailment in both men and women and is caused due to the compression of a nerve called the sciatic nerve. This condition is characterized by burning sensations along with pain. This burning sensation often travels down and reaches the feet. This condition can affect the buttocks, hip, thighs, calves, and feet too. Menstrual cramps and endometriosis are also common causes of this kind of pain in the back. Ovarian cysts and hormonal imbalances are other gynecological issues that cause pain in the lower back. Women who are over weight often experience this kind of back pain. This is because the spine is not able to take so much of strain on itself. You may have to lose some weight to get rid of back pain.

Since there are so many causes of back pain in women, it is often essential to consult a doctor so that the exact cause can be determined and apt treatment be suggested. Most often, due to the lack of knowledge or the delay in treatment, the problems get aggravated and reach a stage where they can no longer be treated. Taking a preventive stance is often the best way to treat such back pains. If you exercise a lot, regularly, it is best to warm up before you begin your exercise. Stretch your muscles before any kind of weight training. If it's your mattress that's causing the trouble, get one that is firmer. There are many mattresses and pillows available for only students. At work, adjust the height of your chair so that you sit in a good posture at your desk. Apart from that, cold or hot compressions in the lower back area, pain relieving medicines, and massages can also work. In a rare case, surgery may be required.

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