About thirty percent of Americans report having some kind of back pain in the last three months. That’s millions of people!
Sometimes this back pain can be erased by simply taking better care of your body, with exercise and sleep. But often, this pain indicates serious issues. You may have a herniated disc, a pinched nerve, or a host of other problems.
Links to more information on different conditions:
- Sciatica: a condition describing the pain that results from the compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, the body’s largest nerve.
- Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction or “SI Joint Pain”: a joint located in the buttock region between the sacrum and iliac bone doesn’t function properly.
- Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD): a gradual process that can compromise the spine.
- Herniated Disc: a damaged disc pushes into the spinal canal or nerve roots, causing pain.
The back is essential for so many tasks that back pain or a back injury can seriously hurt wellbeing.
Fortunately, modern medicine has produced a variety of remedies, non-invasive, minimally invasive and advanced invasive that can successfully take care of back problems.
As explained in part in the common conditions above, back pain is caused by a number of things.
- Injury can damage the muscles, bones and other tissue in the back.
- Muscles can be stretched or strained too much.
- Osteoporosis is a common cause of back pain.
- Poor posture.
- Herniated or slipped discs.
Most everyone experiences pain in their back at one point or another. How can we know when we should make that trip to the doctor’s office? You should probably see a doctor or spine specialist when there is:
- Severe pain that and doesn’t go away even after rest.
- Feelings of numbness or tingling.
- Difficulty urinating
- Weakness in legs, or unexplained weight loss.
Many things can make a person more prone to back pain. Besides the fact that we are all built differently, and handle life’s stresses differently, age, fitness and diet also play a large role in whether or not we’ll experience back pain. Race, certain diseases, occupation and smoking are other risk factors.