Back Pain Cause and Relief

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Back Pain Cause and Relief

Back Pain Causes and Relief

Any kind of back pain can be very excruciating and if you think you are suffering alone, you’re not. Well over 30 million

Americans are experiencing back pain symptoms according to American Chiropractic Association researchers.

Moreover, researchers have estimated that a whopping 80% of the population will experience back problems at some

point in their lives.

Now, if you're like most folks, You have probably been told by a health care practitioner, that you have overused your

muscles, have poor posture or that your genetic history are the primary causes of your back pain. Recent ground

breaking data has proven these facts are not always true.

Health experts and back care specialists have found that the real, underlying cause of your back problems is not always

due to your posture or the amount you exercise or your genetic history.

Back pain can also be caused by a little known imbalance in your body that's wreaking havoc on your muscles... joints...

and tissues right now at this very moment.

There are hidden causes of nearly every case of back pain... Sciatica, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Bulging and Herniated

Discs.. Even failed back surgery. True be told, back pain doesn't just happen overnight. The pain may seem to appear

suddenly, but, the fact is, the problem has been developing over a period of months, maybe even years!

3 DIFFERENT CAUSES OF BACK PAIN

1) Sciatic Nerve Impingement

Sciatica refers to back pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve. This is a

largest and longest spinal nerve in the human body that runs from the lower back

down the back of each leg. When something injures or puts pressure on this nerve,

it can cause pain in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks, and leg.

Extending from the lumbar and sacral plexuses in the lower back, the sciatic nerve

delivers signals to and from the muscles and skin of the thighs, lower legs and feet.

The sciatic nerve and its nerve branches enable movement and feeling (motor and

sensory functions) in the thigh, knee, calf, ankle, foot, and toes. Sciatica usually

affects only one side of the lower body. Often, the pain extends from

the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is

affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes.

Any kind of back pain can be very excruciating and if you think you are suffering alone, you’re not. Well over 30 million

Americans are experiencing back pain symptoms according to American Chiropractic Association researchers.

Moreover, researchers have estimated that a whopping 80% of the population will experience back problems at some

point in their lives.

3 DIFFERENT CAUSES OF BACK PAIN

Sciatic Nerve Impingement

Sciatica refers to back pain caused by a problem with the sciatic nerve. This is a largest and longest spinal nerve in the

human body that runs from the lower back down the back of each leg. When something injures or puts pressure on

this nerve, it can cause pain in the lower back that spreads to the hip, buttocks, and leg. Extending from the lumbar and

sacral plexuses in the lower back, the sciatic nerve delivers signals to and from the muscles and skin of the thighs, lower

legs and feet.

The sciatic nerve and its nerve branches enable movement and feeling (motor and sensory functions) in the thigh, knee,

calf, ankle, foot, and toes. Sciatica usually affects only one side of the lower body. Often, the pain extends from


the lower back all the way through the back of the thigh and through the leg. Depending on where the sciatic nerve is

affected, the pain may also extend to the foot or toes.

The sciatic nerve’s main function is to supply nerves to the skin of the foot, as well as the entire lower leg, except for its

medial side. The skin to the sole of the foot is provided by the tibial nerve, and the lower leg and upper surface of the

foot via the common fibular nerve.

Sciatica can be caused by a number of conditions that involve your spine and can affect the nerves running along your

back. It can also be caused by an injury, for example from falling, or spinal or sciatic nerve tumors. Most commonly, a

lumbar herniated disc will cause sciatic nerve pain.

To get relief of a sciatic nerve, some have resorted to stretching exercises at least once a day that include a knee to chest

leg stretch. Also recommended is stretching to mobilize Sciatic Nerve and Hamstrings, back stretching by lying down

straight on your stomach with toes touching the ground, a hamstring stretch and gluteus stretching for buttocks.

2) Bulging or Herniated Disc

A bulging disc is situated between the spinal vertebrae absorb shock and facilitate movement. This condition happens

when a disc shifts out of its normal position, usually slowly and over a long period of time. Bulging discs, which typically

emerge in the lower back, occur when a weakened or deteriorated disc swells through a crevice in the spine, extending

outside of its normal jurisdiction. As the disc moves, its inner, liquid-like nucleus begins to balloon toward the weakest

point in its hard outer casing.

Even though there is typically very little or no pain connected with a bulging disc, the affected disc may eventually suffer

permeation. This means that its inner nucleus could leak through the damaged shell and cause severe back pain and

eventually further complications. Bulging discs may also place pressure on nearby nerves, leading to serious discomfort

and, in some cases, severe and chronic back pain.

It is only when the disc sets other problems into motion that the symptoms of

bulging discs generally begin to emerge Some indicators of a protruding disc are

as follows:

When there is pain or tingling in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands or fingers, this

can signal a bulging disc in the sometimes cervical or the upper spine area. If your

legs begin to feel heavy or lose motor skills, begin to have trouble walking, you

should immediately seek emergency assistance. This may be evidence of lifethreatening

damage to the spinal cord. Err on the side of caution.

What can usually signal a thoracic or mid spine bulging disc is pain in the upper back that branch out to the chest or

stomach. It is imperative that you establish the root of these symptoms as they could also be a warning of heart, lung or

gastrointestinal failure.

Because this area holds so much of the upper body’s weight, approximately 90% of all bulging discs occur in the lumbar

spine. Muscle spasms and lower back pain may be evidence of a bulging disc in the lumbar (lower back) region.

Occasionally this pain and discomfort spreads to the buttocks, thighs and feet.

Bulging Disc Causes

In the event that you suspect you are suffering from a bulging disc, take action before the disc ruptures and causes

further damage to the body. The first step toward treating a bulging disc is identifying what led it to originally appear.

Bulging discs generally develop because of:


Your Bad Posture

Improper sitting, standing or sleeping can strain the neck and back, leading to a bulging disc. While sitting, rest with

your back properly aligned and your shoulders back to maintain good posture. Try to avoid remaining in one position for

extended periods of time and use a towel, pillow or lumbar roll to support your lower back. Sleeping on your side

generally yields positive results for a healthy spine. Using a pillow between the knees can provide added support.

Body Wear and Tear

Our discs and vertebrae will deteriorate over our lifetime due to our natural aging process. When discs are strained or

the distribution of weight around them changes, they may begin to protrude from our bodies.

Degenerative Disc Disease

As our body’s age, the discs in our spinal column becomes less structurally sound and their water content declines.

Changes like these make discs vulnerable to bulges and other difficulties. Certain factors, such as an inactive lifestyle

and smoking, may accelerate the corrosion of disc material.

Obesity

The people who need to especially be aware of the signs and symptoms of a bulging disc are men and women who are

obese, participate in contact sports or have a family history of disc disease. Additionally, wearing shoes with no

orthopedic support while running can place undue stress on the spine and significantly increase your chances of

developing a bulging disc

Occupational Hazards

If you work at a job that requires repetitive lifting, bending, standing and/or driving, you may be at risk for a bulging disc.

Improperly carrying heavy objects may also result in a swollen disc. Instead of bending forward and relying upon your

arms and back to raise a significant amount of weight, use the safe way of picking up objects by keeping your back

straight and use your leg muscles.

Bulging Disc Non-Surgical Treatment Options

If you think a protruding disc is the root cause of your symptoms, there are many ways to get a professional opinion and

obtain a diagnosis. You may want to consider undergoing an imaging program, such as a CT scan or MRI. More converservative

treatment may be sufficient to regulate your bulging disc, depending on the underlying causes behind your

condition and the extent of your symptom. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications, heating pads, ice packs,

professional massage and physical therapy changes could possibly reduce or completely eliminate disc-related pains.

Bulging Disc Minimally Invasive Treatment Options

Discs in sensitive back locations or that appear on the brink of a herniation may require minimally invasion surgery.

These procedures use advanced techniques and state-of-the-art technology to remove and correct spinal difficulties.

Unlike traditional open surgery, minimally invasive surgery usually requires minor recovery time.

After undergoing minimally invasive surgery, patients are generally advised to implement a moderate activity routine to

strengthen muscles and avoid future back problems. Speak with your doctor about low impact exercises appropriate for

those with bulging discs, such as aerobic swimming or restorative yoga. If you feel any pain or discomfort while working

out, rest immediately.

3) Arthritis

What cause arthritic back pain?


Most people believe that arthritis is a disease for older people. The

most common kind of arthritis may well be, osteoarthritis, which is a

persistent back pain that is attributed to pulled muscles or neck. This

is the most common kind of arthritis no matter what your age.

Spondylosis, which is osteoarthris of the spine, affects approximately

15 percent of all American adults. Spondylosis is often triggered by a

work related, accident related, or sports related injuries. While it's

most common in adults over the age of 45, it affects many younger

adults. Strangely, women typically experience more severe chronic

pain from spinal arthritis than do men and experts don't seem to yet

understand why.

Doctors have discovered X-ray screening of the spine will uncover degenerative arthritic changes in 95 percent of people

50 years and older. Not all will have back pain, at least not right away. Mainly because it depends on how and where

the wear and tear affects the spine and whether the nerves and the discs between the vertebrae become involved.

New treatment options are becoming available for those who have arthritis. Be aware of revealing signs that your back

pain is being caused by arthritis because when your back hurts, it hurts and you’ll do anything to make it feel better.

What Are Some of the Symptoms of Arthritis?

1) Stiffness and limited range of motion

When you get out of the bed in the morning and feel achy and stiff, it's most likely a sign of osteoarthritis rather than

sore muscles or a disc problem. Your back feels stiff and unbending but eventually becomes more flexible later in day.

Severe pain becomes evident when you bend over or arch your back. Activities, such as sports, yoga, or dance may

become very tuff. You may notice that the stiffness is less and range of motion improves with stretching and exercising.

2) Neck pain that radiates into the head and shoulders

Pulled muscles in the neck or shoulder areas typically affect one localized area. You may even be able to touch or pinch

the muscle and feel that it's swollen. Upper back or neck pain can radiate upward into the neck and base of the skull.

Some experience chronic headaches that they attribute to tension headaches. It could hurt in one specific area, or the

pain may recur throughout a large area, moving from one area to another. You could also experience numbness or a

tingly feeling in your neck.

3) Numbness or tingling in the arms, hands, and fingers

Unfortunately, people often mistake carpal tunnel syndrome with arthritis of the spine because some of the symptoms

can be similar. You may feel like you are losing control of your motor skills and movement because of a loss of sensation

or stiffness in the wrists, hands, and fingers. You feel twinges, tingling, or numbness that radiates from the shoulder

through the arm. Depending on where nerve compression is occurring, you may feel pain down your arm or specific

area like your wrists that may occasionally come and go.

Arthritis Treatment Options

The exact treatment that is required usually varies depending on what is the actual cause of the pain. In general, if it’s an

acute form of pain due to a minor injury or strain, changing your activities is enough. To help manage the pain, try an ice

pack or an over the counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, Tylenol, and any other


acetaminophen. Some time ago, back pain was treated through bed rest. An exercise program, controlled heat

application, whirlpool baths, ultrasound therapy, and massage should be considered as physical therapy. Good posture

is very important. You should also learn how to properly stretch and lift as this can help to prevent future back pain.

Back pain treatment may include prescription pain medication if the pain is so severe that you cannot engage in regular

activities. A physician may prescribe a combination of anti-inflammatory and pain medication depending on the level of

pain and the cause of the pain. Some drugs may affect the brain and have a high potential for dependency and abuse, in

addition to making you feel drowsy. Your physician should monitor you closely while you take such medication.

It is always prudent to seek the advice and to consult with a specialist in the areas of acute or chronic back pain.

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