What Are the Causes of Back Pain?
Lower back pain can be related to the soft bony lumbar region, intervertebral disc between the vertebrae, fibrous discs between vertebrae, muscles around your back, nerves, spinal cord, internal structures of the back and skin around your lower back. Back pain usually affects people once they have suffered from an injury, surgery, or a medical condition like arthritis, osteoporosis, pregnancy, or cancer. Back pain usually starts when you feel a sudden pain in your back. It can be mild or severe. Usually, the treatment depends on its severity.
Certain medical conditions like infection, cystitis, meningitis, leukemia, aneurysm, menopause, pelvic inflammatory disease, kidney infection, and trauma are associated with greater risk for back pain. When a person suffers from an infection, the inflammation or swelling of the lining of the urinary tract gets aggravated due to bacterial infection. The urine flow is also affected, which may lead to urinary tract obstruction. Cysts and tumors in the spinal cord and tumors in the brain can also cause back pain.
Muscular dysfunction and low back pain often occur together. Your muscles become weaker because of age or other reasons. If the weak muscles become chronic, they cannot support your body weight. This can result in the uneven distribution of weight. You may experience sharp and stabbing pain especially at night while sleeping.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of back pain and it is caused by the degeneration of your spinal canal. Osteoarthritis is a gradual process and it causes the wearing away of the bones. The symptoms of osteoarthritis include stiffness and numbness of the muscles and stiffness of the spinal canal.
Another common causes of back pain are muscle strain or injury. This can be caused by improperly lifting heavy objects, improper foot placement when walking, or by injuries such as a slip and fall. Muscles become injured when they are overstressed or overworked. Overuse injuries usually result in swelling and inflammation. They can also result in fractures.
Your doctor may recommend you go for physical therapy. Physical therapy is designed to improve your ability to move your limbs and to prevent further injury. Sometimes this type of treatment combined with medical treatment can provide complete relief from back pain. Your doctor may suggest physical therapy combined with medical treatment.
After your doctor determines the cause of the back pain, he or she will help you find effective methods to manage it. Your doctor will probably ask you to do a physical examination and to report back pain symptoms on a daily basis for one to three weeks. The goal of the evaluation is to find the underlying cause. If the cause is determined, your doctor will prescribe a treatment that is best suited to the problem. Treatment methods vary according to the severity of the injury or illness.
Back pain that persists for more than a few days should prompt you to seek immediate medical attention. It may become a chronic condition if left untreated. As with many other health problems, back pain can become much worse if you do not resolve it promptly. If the pain becomes unbearable, you should go to your doctor. The sooner you seek medical attention, the less your condition will become worse. If your back pain is not due to an underlying disease or mechanical problem, you can generally treat it with rest, ice, heat, or other non-medical treatment.
Lower back pain is usually caused by muscle strain or injury. This type of chronic pain can range from mild to severe, and the healing process can be slow. The symptoms will often improve as you make lifestyle changes, but you should remain vigilant to notice any progress. If you have acute pain, you will probably experience inflammation, bruising, and swelling. These symptoms can become chronic if they are not managed.
Some of the symptoms you may experience if you suffer from back pain are: difficulty getting out of bed, leg pain when standing, and limited ability to climb stairs. If you are experiencing these symptoms, see a doctor as soon as possible. The sooner you seek medical care, the faster you will begin to feel better. Don't delay - refer pain relief immediately to a trained professional.
If you have acute lower back pain, the doctor will likely recommend physical therapy and/or medication to help with the discomfort. However, in most cases, these are not necessary. If your doctor has recommended medication, you should stop taking it and contact him or her. This is especially important if you have been advised to use acetaminophen (Tylenol), aspirin (Sugar Cookie), or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) - all these medications can cause back pain. If you are suffering from more than one type of pain, you may want to see a doctor that specializes in treating back pain.
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