Types of back pain in Kenyan men

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Back pain can affect people of any age or gender and is experienced in the back of the body.  Although mostly common in women, it can also affect men as well.

Back pain in men ranges from a dull, constant ache to sudden, sharp pains. In many cases the pain is unconnected to any serious disease but rather results from a minor strain or slight nerve damage.

Often this injury is sustained during regular activities in the home or office but sporting back injuries are also quite common.

Back pain can originate from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine. Internal structures such as the gallbladder, pancreas, aorta, and kidneys may also cause referred pain in the back.

Types of back pain

1. Lower back 

Back pain

This involves the lumbar region spine and its surrounding areas. When you suffer from lower back pain, the buttocks, upper thighs and groin areas may hurt as well.

2. Middle back

Back pain

It affects the area of the spine between the lumbar and cervical areas and occurs less frequently. This is because the middle back moves less frequently than the lower back and neck

3. Upper back pain

Back pain

It involves the upper regions of the spine and the neck, known as the cervical region.

When you suffer from cervical pain, you may experience discomfort and stiffness in the neck and shoulder area. Some the leading causes of upper back pain include whiplash, arthritis, slouching or sleeping in an uncomfortable position.


  • Dull, constant pain, particularly after a fall or injury
  • Sharp pain, usually after an accident or traumatic event
  • Numbness, weakness and/or tingling in the affected area and associated limbs
  • Severe pain that doesn’t improve with rest and/or limited activity
  • Fever
  • Muscle aches or spasms
  • A limited range of motion
  • Localized swelling, redness and tenderness


  • Poor posture
  • Excessive weight especially around the stomach
  • Improper lifting of heavy objects
  • Accidental injuries
  • Rheumatic sources
  • Sciatica
  • Lack of regular exercise
  • Back fracture
  • Disc injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Abnormal Spine Curvatures

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