Back pain Cause & Treatment

Back pain is a common health issue that can occur anywhere in the spine — from neck to hips. Although back pain only stays for few weeks or months, some people also experience long-term back pain (chronic back pain) or recurrent back pain.

TYPES OF PAIN

few types of back pain are:

  • Acute back pain

It is a type of pain that lasts for 3 to 6 months. It generally occurs due to soft tissue damage such as a sprained ankle.

It is a type of pain that lasts longer than 6 months. It can be mild, severe, episodic or continuous.Visit your nearest spine care centre to get chronic back pain treatment if the pain lasts longer than 6 months.

  • Neck pain

It is a type of pain that occurs in the neck accompanied by stiffness. It usually lasts for few days or a week. However, if it lasts for more than a week (i.e. chronic neck pain), it can be a sign of a serious issue. In such a case, immediately consult a doctor for chronic neck pain treatment.

  • Lower back pain

The pain that occurs in the lower back region i.e., below the ribcage is known as lower back pain. It can occur due to bad posture of sitting or sleeping. Lower back pain often gets better on its own. However, it doesn’t, immediately seek medical advice for proper lower back pain treatment.

  • Upper back pain

The pain that occurs anywhere between the neck and bottom of the ribcage is known as upper back pain. It is a very rare form of back pain that can occur due to muscle strain or injury to the ligaments, muscles and discs that support the spine.

CAUSES OF BACK PAIN

There is no obvious reason of back pain. But, there are certain injuries that can lead to backache, such as:

  • Slipped disc

Damage to one of the discs in the spine

  • Frozen shoulder

Pain and stiffness in the shoulder due to inflammation

  • Whiplash

Neck injury occurs due to sudden impact

  • Ankylosing spondylitis

A chronic condition that occurs in the place where spine meets the pelvis, causing pain and stiffness.

SIGNS OF SERIOUS BACK PAIN

Immediately seek medical advice if your back pain is accompanied by:

  • Fever
  • Swelling in the back
  • Inability to urinate
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • The pain that doesn’t ease even after lying down
  • Pain in the chest

PREVENTION OF BACK PAIN

To keep your back healthy and back problems at bay:

  • Exercise on a regular basis
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Wear flat shoes
  • Avoid sudden movements
  • Manage stress