From personal experience, diagnosis of back pain can be difficult to diagnose and to treat. There are many types of treatment options that on the different types of back pain, while others do not work at all. The treatment plans range from medication, massage, physical therapy to surgery for most severe cases.
Here are insights that can be helpful in your back pain recovery process and also find the best approach to a treatment plan that will work well.
All Types of Back Pain are Different
The manageability of all the types of back pain is different for every patient For example; a patient suffering from herniated disc can experience no pain or just a little discomfort on the back. On the other hand, a person with strained back muscles can experience sharp, excruciating that reduces mobility goes away after few days.
Also, there some types of back pain that come and goes with time. A patient can suffer from back pain, and after treatment, it disappears only to come back after some time – after three months. It is important to know the level and the cause of your back pain so as to go for treatment tat works best for you.
The Structure of your Spine can cause the Back Pains
Any abnormality in your spine could be the reason for your back pain. The human spine is delicate, and it is prone to many injuries. Abrupt impact on the back, sudden twisting, daily stresses – (sitting down for too long or poor body posture) cause back pain. Here are some anatomical reasons to back pain;
- Irritation of the nerve roots that go the arms and legs.
- An irritation of the small nerves in the spinal discs.
- Straining of the back muscles that support the spine.
- An injury to any joint, bones or ligament in the spine.
Causes of back pain that are Hard to Identify
The spine is created in a way many nerves overlap in the anatomical structure of the spine – muscles, discs, ligaments. When an injury occurs, at times it becomes hard for the brain to know exactly where the injury is located. For example, the pain from a herniated disc may feel the same as pain fro, a strained or bruised muscle or ligament.
Due to these reasons, you doctor cannot automatically tell you the cause of your back pain. They must go through your medical history and do a physical examination before making any diagnosis. You doctor can also advise you to have x-rays or MRIs can so as to distinguish and diagnose the root of your back pain accurately.
How Do you Describe Your Back Pain
The way you describe your back pain determines a lot how your doctor gives an accurate diagnosis of the underlying problem in your back. The symptoms of many back related problems are almost the same, and you need to describe your pain thoroughly and precisely.
You need to describe your back pain precisely- the distribution of the pain, whether the pain is sharp or mild for proper diagnosis by your doctor. Here are classifications of back pain that you should know.
- Axial pain. Axial pain is commonly known as mechanical pain. Most of the time the pain is described as Sharp, dull or pain that comes and goes. A good example of axial pain is a muscle strain.
- Referred pain. Referred pain is pain from a part of the body that causes pain to other parts of the body. For example, the pain of a degenerative disc in the lower back can cause pain in the thighs and hips. The pain is described as achy. The pain also moves around the affected area.
- Radicular pain. Radicular pain is mainly caused by an irritation of the nerve. The pain is usually deep and follows the path of the nerve and causes numbness in arms and limbs. It is mainly caused by compression, injury or inflammation of the nerve. Herniated disc or even spinal stenosis are known to cause radicular pain.
How to Handle pain that is not caused by the spine Anatomy
Unfortunately, there are types of back pain that cannot get an accurate diagnosis even after conducting many tests. The spine may not show any anatomical disorders to trigger the back pain. In such a case, the pain still needs to be treated. Many nonsurgical procedures help to manage the pain. Doing the right back exercises, yoga or even massage can really help in pain management.
The pain can also be caused by psychological factors like depression and lack of enough sleep. You will need to consider a treatment option for these conditions so as to manage and control the back pain. If the pain insists, you will need to see a spine specialist for a clear diagnosis and to rule out chances of spine infections and tumor.
Understanding the extent and type of back pain is important since it plays a role in the decision making of your treatment option. Never ignore any back pain even if it seems to be minor. Also, it is important to visit a spine specialist in case of any problems with your spine. Remember, the spine is delicate, and if anything goes wrong, the damage can be irreversible.