Type of Back Pain
By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist
Back pain is the most prevalent medical disorder in industrialized societies, attacking two-thirds
of all adults at least once during their lifetime. There are many types of back pain that
are caused by varying degrees of muscle strain, trauma, or spinal deformity.
It can develop anywhere from the neck to the lower spine, and the pain can be localized
or spread across a wide area and radiate from a central point. Several causes of low back
pain include overuse, degeneration of vertebrae, infection, herniated discs, arthritis, or tumors.
The neck or cervical area of your spine extends through most of your body and is often referred
to as the spinal column or backbone. This area is common to pain, such as discomfort
in your neck or shoulder, tingling or numbness in your arms, or weakness in your arms or
hands. Although many back problems can be cured with self-treatment, it’s always a good
idea to contact your doctor.
Low back pain, the most common type of back injury, disables 5.4 million Americans and
costs at least $16 billion each year. It is the leading cause of disability between
the ages of 19 to 45, but while many cases will resolve no matter what treatment you may
use; if symptoms persist, call your physician.
Sciatic pain occurs when the nerve roots that leave the spine are irritated or pinched. One of
the first signs of sciatic nerve pain is numbness in the area supplied by the nerve, which can
extend down your leg and into your foot.