Type of Back Pain

By Ehren Allen, Certified Manual Therapist/Physical Therapist

Back Pain

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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.

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