Part 1: What is Back Pain?

First let us discuss the structures surrounding the back. There are ligaments which attach to the vertebra, there are nerves which run throughout the spine, and there are muscles which attach to the vertebrae. Injury to any of these three structures can cause back pain. Repetitive bending or twisting motions, whole-body vibration, and even some personal factors can be the reasons for low back pain.

Despite the many reasons for back pain, it is not uncommon to be unable to pinpoint the exact reason for back pain in an individual. The most important thing is to be able to define what type of pain is experienced so that the proper rehabilitation may begin.

This ergo-tip is a part of an ergo-tip series about musculoskeletal injuries. Please visit the table of contents at for other available posts. There will be one post released every Tuesday.