Back Pain Causes
Back pain and in particular lower back pain is perhaps the most common of medical problems. On the good side, many episodes of back pains will subside and resolve within a few weeks but sometimes back pains can linger for long causing frustration to both the patient and even the doctor as it can get difficult to treat.
Understanding the root cause of a chronic back pain will effectively determine the course of treatment and cure. So if that famed massager isn’t giving you relief as it will in most cases then you should indeed look further. some of the common back pain causes are laid out below.
Lumbar Muscle Strain
The most common cause of back pain is undoubtedly muscle strains. Patients might not remember the cause of the strain but the good news is that it is very easily treatable with massage therapy and rest. A good back massager should hold you in good stead in such cases.
A herniated disc is a pretty common cause of back pain and the treatment depends on a case by case basis. It is also known as pinched disc or bulging disc or slipped disc and is often a source of confusion to the patients as different doctors use the terms randomly.
Generally when a patient is suffering from herniated disc, it is not the disc space that usually pains. The pain is actually caused by the disc herniation pinching a nerve within the spine. This pain is radicular in nature and can stem down to the leg or traverse up to the neck too.
This is a condition that usually affects senior citizens. As people age the spinal column can narrow and constrict creating pressure in areas where the spinal nerves leave the spinal column thereby causing pain.
Symptoms might appear very slowly and include pain, numbness or weakness in the legs and arms and pain in the neck and back. Treatments include physical therapy, braces, medications and even surgery if needed.
Discogenic Back Pain
This is another common back problem and occurs due to inter-vertebal disc damage(without the disc herination). A discogram will be needed to diagnose discogenic back pain.
This problem usually occurs in middle aged individuals after the spine has undergone a lot of wear and tear. In the beginning stages pain will be minimal but if the condition is aggravated it can cause acute lower back pain.
Treatments include oral medication, spinal injections, braces often accompanied by massage therapy usually by a qualified massage therapist. A good back massager could help too.
Lumbar Spine Arthritis
Arthritis normally affects knees and finger joints but it can also affect spine joints like in the case of lumbar spine arthritis. Patients suffering from this condition will experience back pain when they flex and move.
Osteoporosis is caused by decreased bone density and bone tissue thinning. This can result in a plethora of orthopedic issues and general discomfort. Back pains due to osteoporosis is generally linked to vertebral compression fractures. It causes bones to weaken and can lead to fractures.
Spondylolisthesis is a condition wherein the adjacent vertebra loses stability and begins to develop a tendency to slip. An individual suffering from this condition will experience tightening of the hamstrings and overall stiffness of the back affecting gait and posture. This is caused due to spine degeneration due to age or lifestyle.
A person suffering from acute spondylolisthesis tends to rotate the pelvis more than normal as a result of decreased hamstring mobility, such a person will appear to waddle more than walk.
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