Back Pain Symptoms

pregnant ladyMost of us have experienced back pain at some point of time in our lives, some more than others. Infact it is estimated that 4 out of 5 adults experience considerable episodes of back pain in their lives.

Back pain may occur due to various causes – some due to bad lifestyle while others could be due to muscle strains, degenerative spinal conditions, accidents or sports injuries.

Laying down back pain symptoms can be tricky as sometimes more serious conditions like a large herniated disc can be painless whereas a simple muscle strain that only needs some massage and rest could give acute pain. Also, many of the conditions share identical symptoms.

Symptoms of back pain

  • Persistent stiffness or pain along the spine – anywhere between the hips to the base of the neck.
  • Chronic pain in the lower or middle are of the back particularly after extended standing or sitting period.
  • Back ache that radiates lower to the buttocks and thighs and sometimes onto the calf and feet.
  • Muscle spams in the lower back when standing straight for some time.
  • Acute pain in the upper back, lower back or neck that is more localized and arising or aggravated after engaging in strenuous activity.

When to seek medical attention

  • If you feel numbness in the limbs and experience even a little loss of control. This could indicate spinal cord damage.
  • If the back pain extends upto the calf of the leg it could indicate a condition known as sciatica and will need a doctor’s attention.
  • If the pain is acute while bending forward or coughing it could indicate a herniated disc and will need medical attention and therapy.
  • If the back pain is often accompanied by urinal or fecal incontinence.
  • If you are over 50 years old and experience pain in a particular area of the spine which aggravated when getting up from bed or whilst lying down then it could indicate osteoarthritis which will need medical care.

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