Here’s a basic explanation of back pain. What causes it and what are the treatments and what to do if traditional methods don’t work. Back pain can have many causes, such as a pulled back muscle, disc problems, arthritis, or sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Your pain will fall into one of two categories: acute (which indicates a recent occurrence) or chronic (the pain has been with you for an extended period of time).
What Causes Back Pain?
The two most common reasons for back pain are trauma and muscle imbalances. In my case a work related accident cause a herniated disc which pressed against my sciatic nerve. Muscle imbalance is the second cause. Muscle imbalances can have a negative effect on your posture, leading to what are called “postural dysfunctions.” These dysfunctions include abnormal alignment of the pelvis and abnormal curvature of the spine. This misalignment causes increased wear and tear on the joints, muscles, and ligaments-even the discs.
The most important thing to understand about any lower back pain is that, barring trauma, it doesn’t happen overnight. You may be come symptomatic very quickly, but it takes a long time for the condition to get to the point where your back finally gives way and becomes painful. Of course in the case of an accident (trauma) the pain is immediate and can worsen over time.
What Are The Symptoms?
The most common symptoms can range from local pain in the lower back to pain radiating down the legs or arms depending on where the herniation is located. In severe cases this herniated may cause loss of bowel or bladder control if anyone experiences these symptoms they need to get to the emergency room fast!
What Are The Most Common Treatments?
1. Cortisone injections and prescriptions for muscle relaxants or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the most common treatments employed by physicians.
2. Chiropractors and physical therapists usually offer spinal mobilization, hot packs, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and therapeutic exercises.
3. Surgery should always be your last option and should only be considered if the severity of your condition warrants it.
What If These Treatments Fail?
You should know that many times despite your doctors best efforts these treatments fail.They treatments fail because they simply address the symptoms and fail to address the cause of the condition. Your low back pain is a physical problem, and it requires a physical solution. There are no pills or injections that can restore postural balance in your body because they are unable to take the pressure off the nerve or make the joints work better.
Which Treaments Work Best?
When you have lower back pain and you do not have a proper diagnosis the first suggestion is to seek proper medical attention. Even then there are cases when a proper diagnosis is not given, in that case a conservative approach should be considered.
The use of ice (first 48 hrs) and or heat (after 48hrs) can help control inflammation, pain and stiffness, other natural approaches including enzyme therapy can be of benefit to help control the symptom of the condition.
In most cases of lower back pain, Trigger Points will play a small roll, Trigger Points do three things, them make a muscle (tight, weak and painful) so daily trigger point therapy is recommended immediately combined with muscle balances therapy, in order to restore a more neutral and balanced posture.
Inversion Therapy can also be very effective in releasing some of the stress and compressive forces on the spine not to mention the many numerous health benefits.
It is definitely worth your while to learn everything you can about your aching back. This article only touches on the basic types, causes and treatements available. You need to be your own advocate and explore all viable alternatives, especially when considering surgery.
I hope this article has given you the basic information. I am not a doctor only someone who has endured the pain of a buldging disc and sciatic nerve damage. I under went surgery in May 2009 and even after three months of physical therapy and another four months of exercising on my own I still have a ways to go before I’m 100%.I only wished I had known about all the alternatives available to me beside surgery.
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