General Topics About Back Pain
Back pain is not a disease or condition on its own, but rather a symptom of disease or musculoskeletal condition. The disease or condition may be as simple and harmless as a strained muscle or a problem as serious as endometriosis or spinal tumors. Though the focus of back pain is often at determining the cause of the problem, in many cases back pain will go away on its own without a cause ever being discovered. There are hundreds of general topics about back pain that you may see on this website, or on other videos, books, and publications outside of the resources that we offer. The most common general topics about back pain are about its cause, the treatment options available, and products on the market that may be of benefit to this problem. Let's take a look at the first topic: the cause of back pain.
Cause: There are several potential causes of back pain, and in some cases the specific cause may never be found. In cases where the cause is never found, the condition may be called idiopathic back pain. Cases of idiopathic back pain are usually associated with bad posture, lack of sleep, poor diet, and poor lifestyle habits. In many cases, though, a relatively healthy person may be leading a healthy lifestyle, yet still suffer from some transient back pain symptoms. In some cases, the cause of back pain may be traced back to a structural problem near the location where you feel the pain. In other cases, the various medical tests may come up negative, in terms of soft tissue strains and arthritic changes to the joints in that area. Diagnosing the cause of back pain may be made even more difficult in cases of radiculopathy and referred pain patterns. Referred pain is pain that is felt in location of the body as a result of nerve damage in another part of the body. Both of these locations in the body may be supplied by that same nerve. Many of the spinal nerves in the body travel as far as over two feet, from their point of origin where they exit the spinal cord, to the locations where their nerve branches terminate. Often, pain is experienced in and around the location where the nerve sustains some type of injury. The most common cause of nerve injury are nerve root compression near the locations where they exit the spine, Often the nerves become compressed as a result of herniated discs, when material within the disc is ejected from its interior outwards.
One interesting thing about herniated discs is that in many cases, these changes to the discs that separate the spinal bones don't actually result in back pain. When the material is squeezed through the ruptured disc wall, it actually depends where the material goes. When the herniated disc material presses into the nerves of the spinal cord or its nerve roots, a person is more likely to experience back pain. Then the ejected disc material is ejected away from the spinal nerves, a person may not experience any back pain symptoms at all.
There are several back pain treatments that are prescribed that are specific to the specific to the person's cause of back pain and the location of the injury. Other back pain treatments are more generalized to pain relief medications throughout the body and a back care exercise programs that improve the overall strength and flexibility of the back. Some back exercise systems that improve the overall health of the spine include Yoga, Tai Chi, physical therapy, and back school programs. Other back treatments that may be specific to a specific site of injury include back surgeries such as the Discectomy, Laminectomy, Foraminotomy, and Disc Replacement. These surgeries may be prescribed when certain more conservative treatments have not provided the patient with the results they wanted, and the structures are unlikely to heal on their own through a combination of time and physical therapy.
The Muscles: For many people, the cause of back pain may be linked to a problem with one or more of the skeletal muscles in their back. Some of these skeletal muscles have the purpose of stabilizing the spine and holding it in its proper position. Other muscles are responsible for movements of the spine in all directions as well as the rotation of the spine. Due to the American lifestyle that we have, we often hold our bodies in sedentary positions, which cause some of our back muscles to overdevelop while others under develop. This can cause the spine to be pulled in one direction rather than be held in its ideal alignment. This may cause scoliosis as well as other structural anomalies that may rapidly age some of the more delicate structures of the spine. Some examples of muscle problems that may negatively affect the health of the spine include muscle imbalances, muscle spasms, and pulled muscles (muscle strains.)