Back pain is indeed a very common ailment with people from all around the world. In order to understand the reason for that, you need to know the structure of your back and the factors that contribute to back pain. In fact, back pain comes only at the second position after a headache for being the most widely known cause of pain. Back pain can be caused due to a number of factors such as flipped discs, issues with bones of the spine or even due to minor injuries. Other risk factors for back pain are psychological factors, smoking, pregnancy, specific work environments, improper body posture, a sedentary lifestyle, and aging. Regular exercise and proper body postures can with prevent your back pain or postpone it. If you are suffering from symptoms like back pain coupled either issue like bowel or bladder problems, there could be a severe underlying medical condition. However, in a majority of cases, it makes sense to wait for seven days or so prior to visiting a physician with back pain. In fact, about 80 to 90 percent of the back pain can get resolved within a period of six weeks spontaneously. It has been also observed that only a negligent 1 to 5 percent of the total patients need to undergo a surgery to rectify the condition. It is always recommended to take a second opinion when a doctor recommends you to undergo a back surgery.
Structure of your back
The system of your back constitutes of nerves, tendons, ligaments, muscles, and bones that function together to withstand your body weight and any load that you may carry. Your back is structured in a way to offer great flexibility and strength. However, since the human spine is so crucial for the movement of the body, even a little damage caused to it may lead to back pain. There are 33 bony segments in your spine. There are 4 coccygeal, 5 sacral, 5 lumbar, 12 thoracic, 7 cervical vertebrae. The coccyx and the sacrum groups constitute of the sacral spine and are immobile and fused.
Kinds of back pain
There can be various types of back pain such as chronic, recurrent or acute. In a majority of cases, back pain is acute in nature where the pain appears all of a sudden but is extremely intense. Such pain lasts for a brief duration typically less than 30 days. The good news is that the cause of acute back pain is not a severe medical condition and a majority of patients recover from it within some days. However, recurrence is not uncommon and occurs in the form of similar kind of episodes of such acute pain from time to time. On the other hand, if a person is suffering from chronic back pain, it exists almost all the time. Such pain can continue for more than 90 days. Chronic or recurrent back pain is typically more problematic as compared to the acute pain and needs consultation from a specialist physician. While the occurrence of back pain can happen in any part of the spine, it is more prevalent in the lumbar region or lower back. The reason is the lower part of your back has to bear the weight of your upper body as well as any items that you could be carrying.
It is important to note that Phoenix Family Medical Clinic is not a pain management clinic, but we do care about the wellness of our patients and provide alternative treatment for pain relief.