Back Pain: A Quick Overview

Diagnosing, Treating and Preventing Back Pain

The experience of back pain is an incredibly typical problem throughout the world, affecting most people at some point in their lives.

Generally, your back pain will disappear in a couple days, weeks or months. In more severe cases, however, back pain lingers and becomes a chronic condition.

Let’s take a look at some of the different types of back pain to help you discover the source of this all too frequent condition.

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Different Types of Back Pain

The most common area of back pain is in the lower back, which is referred to as the lumbago region. However, it can also be experienced along your spine and anywhere, really, from your neck all the way down through to your hips.

Some of the most frequent, specific (as opposed to non-specific back pain where the cause is unclear) causes of back pain either from injury or disease are:

  1. Sciatica: this results from the compression on the sciatic nerve which then produces tingling, numbness and pain that migrates down one or both legs.
  2. Frozen Shoulder: stiffness and or pain in the shoulder caused by inflammation.
  3. Whiplash: this occurs when a sudden impact injury causes pain in the neck.
  4. Ankylosing Spondylitis: this is a chronic condition that generates stiffness and pain in the area where the pelvis and spine join.
  5. Slipped Discs: this particular condition occurs when vertebrae in the spine experience damage and then presses onto nerves, resulting in back pain.

In the case of the conditions listed above, it’s best to consult with a medical professional so they can design a treatment regimen for you that is best suited to responding to the condition that is causing your chronic pain.

Treatment Recommendations

As we always recommend, the best approach, generally, is to use an integrative methodology to manage your pain and treat the source cause of your back discomfort. As long as your physician agrees that it is safe, it’s often wise to try a different number of alternative therapies to address your pain problems. Try taking a yoga class, getting a massage, taking natural anti-inflammatories like fish oil, and even doing some meditation or relaxation techniques. These are all side-effect-free ways of treating and managing the experience of pain that can be safely used in conjunction with your physicians own prescriptions.

Preventing Back Pain

There are many things that can be done to keep your back and spine as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, in our modern society we do not often practice good postural habits. Regular exercise that includes aerobic movements like walking and swimming are exceptional means of ensuring that your back stays healthy and strong.

Be aware of the proper way of lifting heavy objects– many people only become aware of the proper way of lifting after they’ve suffered a terrible injury. Do not try to lift by leaning forward. Instead, make sure that you are bending your hips and knees, squatting down to grab the object, keeping it tight to your body and then straighten your legs in order to lift it.

What Are The Symptoms of Medically Urgent Back Pain Issues?

If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms is advisable that you connect with a medical professional as soon as possible.

  • High temperatures or fever
  • Incontinence
  • Chest pain
  • Numbness in regions like your buttocks, genitals or in your back passage.
  • Pain as a result of a set an injury like a car accident.
  • Deformity or severe swelling in your back

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