How the Skeletal Muscles Cause Back Pain

The skeletal bones make up more than 200 short, long, irregular, and flat structures. Inside the bones is calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, RBCs, or marrow, producing and generating red blood cells. The bones work alongside the muscles. The muscles and bones afford support, defense for the internal organs, and locomotion.

The skeletal muscles are our source of mobility, which supports posture. The muscles work alongside the posture by shortening and tightening it. The bones attach to the muscles via tendons. The muscle then starts to contract with the stimulus of muscle fibers via a motor nerve cell or neuron. The neurons consist of an axon, cell bodies, and dendrites, which transport to the nerve impulses and are the essential makeup of our functional components within the more extensive system of nerves. The Central Nervous System (CNS) is a network or system of nerve cells, fibers, etc., that conveys and transmits sensations to the brain, which carries on to the “motor impulses” and onto the organs and muscles.

Skeletal muscles supply movement for the body and the posture; the skeletal muscles also submit energies to create contractions that form from ATP or adenosine triphosphate and hydrolysis, ADP, or adenosine Diphosphate, and finally phosphate.

The skeletal muscles also preserve muscle tone. What happens is the skeletal muscle acts as a retainer by holding back a degree of contractions and breaking down acetylcholine by cholinesterase to relax the muscles? Muscles are made up of ligaments.

Ligaments are robust bands combined with collagen threads or fiber that connect to the bones. The bands, fiber, and bones join to encircle the joints, which gives one a source of strength. Bodyweight requires cartilages, joints, ligaments, bones, muscles, etc., to hold its weight. Next to ligaments are tendons. Tendons are ligaments and muscles combined since they connect to the muscles and are made of connective proteins or collagen.

Tendons, however, do not possess the same flexibility as the ligaments do. Tendons make up fiber proteins found in cartilages, bones, skin, tendons, and related connective tissues.

Joints are the connective articulated junctions between the bones. Joints connect to two bones and their plane and provide stability and locomotion. ROM is the degree of joint mobility, which if ROM is interrupted, the joints swell, ache, and cause pain. The pain often affects various parts of the body, including the back. Joints connect with the knees, elbow, skull, bones, etc., and work between the synovium. Synovium is a membrane. The membrane lines the inner plane of the joints. Synovium is essential since it supplies antibodies. The antibodies combined with this membrane create fluids that reach the cartilages. The fluids help to decrease resistance, especially in the joints. Synovium works in conjunction with the cartilages and joints.

Cartilage is the smooth plane between the bones of a joint. The cartilage will deteriorate with restricted ROM or lack of resistance in the weight-bearing joints. This brings in the bursa. Bursa is a sac filled with fluid. Bursa assists the joints, cartilages, bones, and synovium by reducing friction. Bursa also works by minimizing the risks of joints rubbing against the other. In short, the bursa is padding.

If fluids increase, it can cause swelling and inflammation, causing body pain, including back pain. Sometimes the pain starts at the lower back, yet it could work around various body areas.  The assessments in this situation revolve around symptoms, including pain, fatigue, numbness, limited mobility, joint stiffness, fevers, swelling, and so on. The results of skeletal muscle difficulties can lead to muscle spasms, poor posture, skeletal deformity, edema, inflammation, and so on. As you see from the medical versions of the skeletal muscles, back pain results from limited ROM, joint stiffness, etc.

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