causes

Where does my back pain come from? Are these tensions or signs of wear? More about the causes in this chapter.

How can you tell if the back pain is from tension or the nerve root?

back painBack pain can originate from the nerve roots, such as in "sciatica" or in the herniated disc. Or muscle spasms around the spine, as in the typical chronic back pain due to postural problems, constant wrong sitting and sedentary lifestyle.

Whether the nerve root is involved or not, you can usually already recognize the symptoms. If it is the usual tension-back pain, the pain increases while sitting, lying and standing. They become more bearable as soon as you move.

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What are possible causes of back pain?

The list of possible causes of back pain is almost endless. Therefore, the following listing really only gives a rough overview of what could be behind it all.

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When can something worse happen behind the back pain?

Strong pain not only hurts, but is also often a cause for concern that something worse could be behind it. Therefore, the good news first: 90% of all acutely occurring back pain disappear on its own, so "spontaneously", as the doctors used to say.

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Unclear back pain: Can cancer be the cause?

Theoretically yes. However, that is very unlikely. Research has shown that around 1% of all cases of chronic back pain are caused by cancer. This clearly shows that cancer as a cause is a rare exception. And if you're still relatively young (say, between 40 and 60 years old) and have no other discomfort (such as heavy weight loss), it's even more unlikely that a tumor is behind your back pain.

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Which tumors can also cause back pain?

In principle, all. When back pain is actually due to cancer, it is most likely to have metastases in the spine. Such bone metastases can theoretically arise in almost all cancers, i.a. in breast cancer, prostate cancer or colon cancer.

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