The most common causes of back pain are:
Injury or overuse of muscles, ligaments, and joints.
In the US, lower back pain is one of the most common conditions and one of the leading causes of physician visits. In fact, at least four out of five adults will experience it at some point in their lives.
Back pain, neck pain, and symptoms caused by a spinal condition are a common problem for many adult Americans. The different parts of the spine are normally well balanced and able to handle the movements, stresses, and strains of the body gracefully. However, when parts of the neck or back are injured or start to wear out, it can be a significant source of pain and discomfort.
Exercise in any facet is important to staying healthy and keeping you physically fit. But did you know that:
Up to 20% of all injuries that occur in sports involve an injury to the lower back or neck.
Many that suffer from this type of discomfort believe that they simply have to learn to live with it. There are three commonly occurring patterns of back and neck pain that patients typically experience:
Chronic upper body pain is experienced in the neck, upper back, shoulders and arms. This type of pain is typically muscle related and is often caused by an injury or accident. If the pain feels sharp, it may be related to degenerative issues, a herniated disc or a muscle strain. If numbness or tingling is radiating down the shoulders and/or arms, a pinched nerve could be to blame. The vast majority of these issues can be treated without surgical intervention using physical therapy and medication.
Pain in the thoracic region affects the mid-back and may be caused by several factors. Muscle strain, ruptured and herniated discs and a fracture in the thoracic vertebrae are all possibilities. Although back pain experienced in this region can be severe, it may be treated non-surgically. A customized treatment plan, again involving physical therapy and medication, can mitigate painful symptoms.
Those suffering from lower back pain may be suffering from several issues including muscle strain, degenerative factors, herniated discs, fracture or arthritis. If pain radiates from the thigh, pain may be the result of nerve damage from a herniated disc or sciatica. In some cases this pain can be treated with surgery, but in many cases it’s treated with a combination of physical therapy and medication.
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