My back is killing me! Back Pain: Causes and Symptoms

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Most people experience back pain at least a few times in their lives. It is more prevalent once one crosses into the 30’s. However the odds of additional backaches increase with age.

Some risk factors are:

  • Inactivity or sedentary lifestyles
  • Jobs that require heavy lifting
  • Being overweight
  • Pregnancy

Backache can be either acute or chronic. Acute pain occurs suddenly often after heavy lifting, an injury from playing sports. Chronic pain is backaches that last more than three months. Chronic backaches can be a result of pressure on the spinal nerves, inflammation of the spinal joints or even Fibromyalgia.

 

Occasionally back pain can be caused by a ruptured or bulging disc pushing down on the sciatic nerve, this is called Sciatica. The pain may run from the buttock down one leg.

 

Giving your doctor all the information about when your pain started, how severe it is, describing the type of pain and symptoms is essential for your doctor to diagnose the source of your back pain.  Your doctor may suggest scans or X-Rays depending on the severity.  Often treatment can be started before imaging has been completed.

 

Acute back pains usually heal over time, whereas chronic pain requires some sort of pain management.

Although medication can alleviate symptoms of back pain, it does not get rid of it.

 

Yoga, Massage Therapy, Spinal manipulation, Acupuncture have been shown it reduce back pain over time.

 

Next week more on Upper, Middle and Lower Back pain.

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