5 Possible Reasons Why Your Back Hurts

If you have been waking up with a sore spine lately, there are a number of possible causes behind it. Backaches are usually linked to poor posture in the workplace or the classroom. But here are five other reasons that could explain where the pain is coming from.

1. You are walking in high heels too often

High heels should be worn on a moderate basis to avoid straining not just your back but other parts such as the Achilles tendon, the knees, the hips, etc. 

"Wearing heels shifts your weight toward the balls of the feet, so your knees and hips go forward and your back must hyperextend backward in order to maintain balance," said podiatrist Jacqueline Sutera. 

The risk of injury also increases if you are overweight, not wearing the right size, or have chosen a type of heel that can be challenging to walk in. 

2. Your mattress is not supportive enough

If your mattress is too worn out or not firm enough, chances are it adds pressure to your body when it should be resting through the night. Your body alignment should be supported in a neutral position, which cannot happen if the surface you sleep on is too soft or too hard. 

"If you wake up in the morning and have some low back pain and can stretch and get rid of it in 15 or 30 minutes, that means you're on an inappropriate mattress for you," said Dr. Michael Breus, a WebMD sleep expert.

He added that people who experience lower back pain usually find that firmer beds work best for them.

3. You have an injury from lifting something heavy

While it may seem obvious, some people may forget to consider that their backache is a result of going too hard at the gym or trying to move something which was a bit too heavy. It is not uncommon, which is why experts emphasize the importance of stretching and doing warm-up exercises before activities. Until the injury has healed, you must avoid doing anything that can strain your back.

4. You may be experiencing arthritis symptoms

Has switching your mattress not helped with the soreness you feel after waking up? If the pain lasts for roughly 30 minutes in the morning and then disappears, it may be caused by inflammation related to arthritis.

"With arthritis, the pain tends to get better during the day, but then in the evening it feels a little worse," said Dr. Prakash Jayabalan from the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

The lower back, hips, and spine are among the most common areas affected by osteoarthritis, which tends to occur during and following middle age.

5. Your smoking habit may be hurting your back 

It has been suggested that a cigarette habit can increase the risk of chronic back pain. Tobacco can affect blood flow and oxygen delivery to various parts of the body, including the spine. Researchers also believe smoking could potentially increase pain sensitivity and slow down healing, which can make pre-existing conditions like fibromyalgia even more prominent.