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Back Pain: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

December 04, 2017 in Back Pain

What is Back Pain?

Back Pain Definition: Pain felt in the back, divided into neck pain (cervical), middle back pain (thoracic), lower back pain (lumbar), or coccydynia (tailbone). The lumbar is the most common area for pain as it supports the upper body.

Your back is made up of a very complex structure that includes joints, bones, muscles and ligaments. As such, there are a wide range of potential causes when you experience back pain. You could be suffering from a strain or sprain in a muscle or ligament. You could face a ruptured or slipped disk. You might have joint irritation. You may have a subluxation or spinal misalignment.

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The Most Common Cause of Back Pain

Lower back pain is the leading cause worldwide of disability. It’s also one of the most commonly cited reasons for missing work, and the second most common reason people visit the doctor’s office, just behind upper respiratory infections.

Half of all working Americans experience back pain symptoms every year, and those are just those who report it. Up to 80% of people will experience a back issue at some point during their lives. 

In general, back pain tends to have a mechanical cause, as opposed to one that arises from a serious condition and can be treated and alleviated. Still, Americans spend over $50 billion annually on treating back pain.

Causes of Back Pain

There are a number of potential causes of back pain. Some are very serious, resulting from injuries or conditions like arthritis and ruptured discs. More often, the problems that are at the root of pain in your back can be caused by simple things like poor posture or repetitive motion.

The Main Causes of Back Pain

Causes of
Lower Back Pain
Ailment or InjurySymptom
Muscles-Muscle strain
-Muscle sprain
Nerves-Herniated disc (slipped disc, pinched nerve)
-Degenerative disc disease
Spinal Stenosis
-Shooting pain
Joints-Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
-Loss of range of motion
-Compression fracture
-Pain that gets worse when pressure is applied

Among the most common causes of pain in the back is improper standing, pushing, lifting, and pulling. This can result in ligament strain, muscle pulls, or even serious injury. Other causes of injury include sports injuries, falls, muscle spasms and cramps, osteoarthritis, bone spurs, sciatica, and even the body changes that women experience during pregnancy. In some cases, you might experience a non-specific backache with no clear cause; usually, this is the result of weak muscles reacting to everyday activities.

Common Symptoms of Back Pain

Whether you experience dull, aching pain in your back, or pain that’s sharp and shooting, this is just a single sign that there’s a problem. You need to look for other symptoms that can help your doctor trace what’s happening to its source. Some of these symptoms include:

  • Pain that radiates to other parts of the body—the arms and legs
  • Numbness, tingling or pins and needles in your extremities
  • Weakness in any part of your body
  • Pain in other areas of your body which accompanies, but doesn’t radiate from your back.
  • Limited flexibility and loss of range of motion
  • Paralysis in one or more areas of the body
  • Difficulty with sight, hearing, or breathing

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At-Home Back Pain Treatments

There are a variety of treatment options available today for managing your back pain such as physical therapy, oral medications, and even surgery. But you may be wondering if there are any back pain relief techniques that you can practice each day from the comfort of your home. Back Decompression Therapy is a way to feel treatment and relief at once. 

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  • Decompress lower back joints & spinal discs
  • Lift & keep upper body weight off the lower back
  • Stabilize lower back & improve posture
  • Strengthen back and core
  • Stretch & relieve tight lower back muscles
  • Relieve lower back pain & stiffness

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What is Spinal Traction "Spinal Decompression Therapy"

Spinal traction is a form of decompression therapy that relieves pressure on the spine. It can be performed manually or mechanically. Spinal traction is used to treat herniated discs, sciatica, degenerative disc disease, pinched nerves, and many other back conditions.

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