Back Problems

Patients usually have back problems because of acute injury, where the muscles or soft tissues of the back are strained, or because of more longstanding degenerative changes to the joints and soft tissues of the back. Acute injuries due to strain of the muscles that support the spine tend to heal on their own within 2 months, while pain due to degenerative changes of the back are more likely to cause chronic pain. To find relief for your back problems, you will want to properly communicate your specific symptoms with your doctor, diagnose the source of the injury, and come up with a treatment schedule to either fix structural damage or strengthen the muscles and soft tissues around the site of damage. There will always be treatments available to you, even if some degenerative changes to your back are irreversible. Even if the structural changes of your back are irreversible, that doesn't mean that your symptoms will be.

Facts and overview.

Fact. Your back and body will continue to grow and your rate of healthy cell growth will be greater than your rate of cell damage and death until you reach full maturity. You will reach full maturity at about the age of 18-21. After that, degenerative changes to your spine will outpace the rate in which your body is able to repair your spine and associated supportive structures and make healthy new cells. By the time we are in our mid-20s, the path of spinal degeneration is already underway. So this is one key concept that we will focus on repeatedly on this website. Unless they are under the age of 21, most individuals have some degree of degenerative changes to their spine and structures such as the intervertebral discs that protect the spine. The point to make of this is if your doctor tells that you have a degenerative condition such as a herniated disc, you don't necessarily have to brace for the worse, and you will have several layers of options available to you. Even if you have a problem such as a herniated disc, you will have several treatment options available to you; and all good doctors and physical therapists will work diligently with you to help you to fix your back problems, with surgery offered only as a last resort in some circumstances. Some of the most common causes of back problems include spinal degeneration, spinal stenosis, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, and sprains and fractures. Less common back problems include osteomyelitis, tumors, cauda equina syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis, and kidney stones.

Types of Back Problems

back pain symptoms can range in intensity from mild discomfort to intense sharp pain. Back pain may refer to sensations that travel through the lower back all the way down to the feet, to upper neck and back pain related to back problems in the cervical vertebra. Doctors and other experts may give describe a person's back pain based on the section of the back that is causing symptoms: lower back pain, middle back pain, and upper back pain. Symptoms of lower back pain are a pain that radiates from the low back to the buttock, down the back of the thigh, and into the calf and toes.