By, Alissa Jones; Guest Blogger
Root Causes Of Back Pain: Relief Treatment
Back pain is the major source of complains among middle-aged and older men and women in every country. This might be because the back supports and carries most of the other body parts and therefore it’s subject to a lot of pressure. For one to understand the causes of back pain, it’s important to know the several types of pain.
Types Of Back Pain
This is the most common type of back pain out there. It occurs suddenly and acutely and more often than not it will go away as fast as it came. The term non-specific usually means that doctors can’t really put a finger on what is causing the pain because it can’t be seen in tests. This type of pain is caused by bad posture; sitting or sleeping, lifting heavy things and over-exerting oneself. Weight also causes non-specific back pain by putting pressure on the back area.
This is the kind of back pain that stays with you for a very long time. It can be worse sometimes but it never really goes away like non-specific pain. Doctors say that the main cause of chronic back pain is mental and emotional stress. This means that until one learns to deal with the stress the pain will continue.
Lower Back Pain
This can be chronic or non-specific but more often than not it can be diagnosed by doctors. Lower back pain in most cases is a symptom of another problem such as appendicitis, bladder infection, kidney disease and most problems affecting the reproductive organs. This is also called referred back pain.
Specific Back Pain
Unfortunately, the back is vulnerable to many other problems that affect discs in the vertebrae and the entire spinal cord as well;
- Nerve impingement-this is where a disc is herniated and starts pushing or piercing the nerve root. Sciatica is the best example of this and it’s extremely painful.
- Spinal degeneration-this causes the spinal canal to narrow due to loss of moisture and volume. In less serious cases it just causes stiffness and inflammation but if it gets bad it can cause sciatica.
- Other conditions that can be clearly seen in scans include tumors, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, arthritis; injury caused trauma, bacterial infection and much more.
Relief Treatment Of Back Pain
After doctors have asked the right questions and done a physical exam, they are able to know exactly what the problem is and treat it accordingly. Referred causes of pain are treated with antibiotics while stress related causes are referred to a psychiatrist. Pain causes by strain and musculoskeletal factors is treated with exercise, yoga, pain relievers, massage, muscle relaxers and heat therapy. Chiropractors are the best doctors to treat back pain using natural methods. Losing weight and acupuncture have also worked very well in reducing back pain.
EHIC will come in handy to get treatment in extreme cases of back problems that need more strict measures like epidural injections that relieve pain by using steroids to stop inflammation or electrical devices that redirect pain signals. For the worst back pain in the world, doctors recommend surgery to correct any major problem causing the pain.
Thanks to Alissa Jones for this article!
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