What Is Back Pain?
Most people experience some form of back pain at least once in their lifetime, and others experience chronic back pain. Symptoms of back pain include muscle aches, shooting or stabbing pain, or limited flexibility or range of motion in your back. Back pain can interrupt and interfere with daily tasks such as walking or picking things up.
What Causes Back Pain?
Back pain has numerous causes. Muscle or ligament strain can be caused by repeatedly lifting heavy objects or by entering an awkward position suddenly. For those in poor physical condition, constant strain on your back can lead to painful muscle spasms. Bulging or ruptured disks, such as from a car accident, can cause pain by pressing on a nerve in your back. Conditions like arthritis can also cause problems in the lower back area and lead to discomfort and a narrowing of the space around the spinal cord (spinal stenosis). Your spine curving irregularly can also lead to problems with back pain, though this is not always the case.
When You Should Seek Treatment
If your back pain does not improve with self-care and treatment at home within two weeks, seek medical attention. If your back pain is severe and doesn’t improve with rest, spreads down one or both knees, causes weakness, tingling or numbness in one or both legs or is accompanied by unexplained weight loss, seek medical attention immediately. If your back pain is accompanied with new bowel or bladder problems, a fever or follows in the wake of a fall, this could be indicative of a more serious condition and should be seen by a doctor.
Why You Should Seek Treatment
Experiencing acute or chronic back pain can lead to a reduction in the quality of life. Sleeping may become difficult, as well as performing everyday activities such as walking or sitting at a desk. In most cases, back pain is easily treatable, and there is no reason to suffer through it.
Rest is a common and effective treatment for most causes of back pain. Trying not to reinjure the same nerves again is important. Yoga and stretching can also help reduce tension and eliminate pain in some areas of the back. Hot and cold therapy can be used to reduce inflammation and treat underlying causes such as arthritis.
A chiropractor will help you treat chronic back pain. Joints can be manually realigned by a chiropractor to improve the range and quality of motion. Patients who have non-specific chronic lower back pain can have long-term outcomes that are enhanced by obtaining maintenance spinal manipulation after the initial intensive manipulative therapy.
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