Diagnosing Your Pain: What Counts As Back Pain?
People think of back pain as a specific area from the shoulders down to the base of your torso. But when you ask anatomy experts where back muscles start and begin, they actually span from the top of your buttocks to the back of your shoulders and neck.
Our backs act as a great foundation for our upper body and even host some nerves that provide sensation and allow movement from the thigh to the foot. The lower back provides crucial functions such as movement, support, and protection. It also ensures that our upper body weight is balanced when we sit upright, supporting it when we stand, walk, and run.
There are different ways you can experience pain. The most common classifications include:
- Axial Pain – Axial pain is a sharp pain that comes and goes. An example of which is muscle strain. This kind of pain can be soothed through massage and regular physical therapy.
- Referred Pain – This type of pain doesn’t really have a specific spot. Sufferers of referred pain may feel a dull ache around their back that has no one location. It spans across the shoulders down to the lower back, and can be very disturbing as it increases in intensity from time to time.
- Radicular Pain – Sciatica is another way to call radicular pain. It’s often characterised as a searing pain that involves the nerves. Numbness may follow. This is typically caused by injuries, inflammation, and compression. They are common among people who suffer from conditions such as spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis.
Not all pain has to be chronic or injury-related in nature to warrant medical attention. For cases of persistent back pain, you may qualify for a spinal diagnosis which will help you understand what is causing your pain.
The Common Causes Of Back Pain
Arthritis: This is common for people ages 20-30. Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of back pain. This condition tightens up the space around the spinal cord, which can result in tension between the muscles and joints, resulting to a constant dull aching pain.
Ruptured Discs: The tissue inside the disc near the spinal canal may rupture through the muscle wall and contract against a nerve. This is often diagnosed through x-ray and can take a while before any symptoms or pain takes place.
Muscle Strain: Repeatedly lifting heavy objects or doing awkward movements can stress out your back muscles. When you put your back under such conditions, it’s likely for you to “pull a muscle”, which is often a short-term but very painful experience.
Osteoporosis: For people of old age, osteoporosis is one of the common causes of back pain. It happens when the bones become brittle, making them susceptible to injuries and stress.
Spinal Defects: Irregular curves in the spine can lead to back pain when left untreated. This often requires surgical intervention to correct the posture. Failure to correct spinal conditions may worsen over time and affect the lungs and the heart.
Back Pain As A Symptom
Back pain, as with any kind of body pain, can be characterized as a crucial symptom of unknown diseases, both physical and mental. While it’s easy to shrug off dull pain as a result of a poor night’s sleep, it’s worth noting that serious injuries to the spine and its surrounding muscles always start from negligible pain.
People who are out of shape can experience back pain. The elderly will no doubt experience back pain once in their lives. Even healthy people can experience chronic back pain due to heredity. Instead of living with the pain and risking your health, it’s always good to check in with a chiropractor to see what needs to be done.
Get Your Back Pain Checked
First Choice Chiropractic is here to help. Stop your pains from getting worse and seek immediate help. Create a booking through our website or give us a call. We currently have three clinics located in Chermside, Warwick, and Springfield Central.
New patient Chiropractic and Massage offers are available in selected branches. New Chiropractic patients in our Chermside and Springfield Central clinics can take advantage of a postural assessment and initial consultation for just $49*. We also have a new patient remedial massage offer available in Chermside and Springfield Central clinics – new patients pay just $30 for their first massage visit*.