Do You Have Back Pain?
Back pain is pain in your back. Not your buttock, not your legs, your back. It can be anywhere on the back but usually it means lower back pain. When our backs are injured it can make it difficult to perform work, exercise, or even enjoy life. In this post, we'll describe the causes, the symptoms of back pain, and the most common diagnoses and concluding with what you can do about it. What causes lower back pain pain? The causes of back troubles varies from person to person but usually involved three main reasons why we get it.
One: Pain From Sitting
Do you have pain when sitting in your back? Your symptoms are probably stemming from abnormal positioning of your back in your chair. This is one of hte most common reasons for pain or stiffness in the back.
Two: Weakness & Tightness
Do you love to run, golf, or exercise? Do you have pain during these activities? Usually your core muscles become weak while your trunk and hips become stiff or tight. This causes the spine to work abnormally and results in pain.
Three: Abnormal Movement
Have you heard of someone throwing out their back bending? Sure you have. This usually stems from incorrect movement when bending and lifting. One of the best ways to prevent back pain once and for all is to bend properly.
Four: Changes to Your Spine
As we age our spine changes. One of the main reasons for pain as we age is degenerative disc disease. This is where the disc dries out and shrinks in size. This places abnormal compression and load to the back resulting in pain. It can also turn into foraminal stenosis.
The Symptoms of Back Pain
Your back symptoms will vary from person-to-person. Usually the symptoms include pain isolated in the lower back area. Sometimes your back pain will hurt more with rest or sitting, while at other times it may be worst with movement. Sometimes, though, movement may make your back feel better.
Most Common Diagnoses For Back Pain….
There are an array of pathologies related or that cause back pain. However, the three most common that we see clinically are the following:
This condition stems in the older population aged 50+ in most cases. The symptoms of this condition can vary but usually involves weakness in the legs, centralized lower back pain, and altered sensation. Pain usually arises when standing or walking for a prolonged period of time but sitting and rest makes it better.
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Lower Back Strain
Whether you love to exercise, work a physical job, or doing household chores, you've probably strained your lower back. This results from bending or twisting incorrectly. The pain is usually sharp for a few weeks but dissipates after rest and seeing a skilled clinician.
Muscle Tightness or Weakness
As a person that loves to exercise and stay healthy you may develop muscle imbalances from time-to-time. This can cause our back to compensate and produce pain. As a result, one of the best ways to resolve this type of lower back pain is to improve your flexibility and strength in particular areas of your body.
What You Can Do For Your Back Pain
There are many options asa patient to overcome or ease your back pain. However, the best options are more conservative and without painkillers. To learn exactly what is causing your pain, you can arrange an appointment by clicking here.
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About Author: Dr. Scott Gray
Dr. Scott Gray is an internationally recognized and expert physical therapist specializing in sport, athletic, and back and neck injuries. He is the inventor of a revolutionary form of treatment called the GRAY METHOD. This type of treatment unlike others, addresses the CAUSE rather than just your SYMPTOMS with a full body approach. Contact our skilled therapists at Back In Motion Physical Therapy & Performance to get started on the road to pain relief!