Dorsalgia

Dorsalgia is a less commonly used word among non-medical specialists, for back pain. Other names for back pain include lumbago (lower back pain), tailbone pain, low back pain, and neck pain. The meaning of the term can be derived from its Latin parts:

Dorsal: relating to the back or posterior of a structure.

Algia: word suffix indicating pain.

You may not be as familiar with the term dorsalgia as some medical specialists, but you may be well familiar with the pain and dysfunction related to back problems with the lower, middle, or upper back. Back pain can truly be a silent enemy, causing a lot of ache and suffering even to people that look fine. The pain (dorsalgia) can impair your motor abilities, reduce you energy levels, cause depression, and make you scared to do certain activities for "the fear of making it worse." We hope you can use some of our resources to try to learn the causes and treatments available to reduce the symptoms, or eliminate your back pain. Here we will provide you with some detail the different categories of back pain, and provide you with a list of treatments available.



Cause. Back pain may be a direct result of strain or degeneration with the bones or tissues in and around the spine, or it may be a secondary symptom of disease that affects multiple organ systems. Both degeneration (through strain and injury) and disease may cause damage to the nerves of the spinal cord itself as well as the structures that either more or protect the spine, including the joints, bones, muscles, and nerves, discs of the spine. Back conditions that cause us pain and discomfort due to strain of our muscles, tendons and ligaments due to injury or overuse include Delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), Weight Lifter's Back, and repetitive strain injury. Most back conditions involve the overworking of the muscles of the back or the strain or the ligaments that support the back and allow some movement.

Most of these sprain and strain injuries do not require medical intervention unless there are major tears to the tendon/tissues, and they will usually heal on their own within a few weeks. Back pain conditions may actually be classified according to the length of time that you have been experiencing symptoms: acute back pain (less than 1 month) subacute back pain (1 month-12 weeks) and chronic (greater than 12 weeks). Though the majority of back pain cases do go away on their own, you may decide to seek the opinion of a medical specialist at any stage of your symptoms. There are many back specialists available within and outside of the standard medical profession to help you with your problem. Which kind of specialist that you choose to put you back on the right path (comfort and ease of mobility) in the end, will be up to you, though we will attempt here to provide you with enough information to get started in your research. The medical specialist involved in the treatment of back pain include physicians, physicians assistants, chiropractors, rheumatologists, psychologists, physiatrists, orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons, neurologists, doctors of osteopathic medicine, and holistic specialists. Most holistic specialist treatments will not be covered by your health insurance. There is a lot of variability among health insurances as to the coverage of chiropractic treatments.