Facts About Back Pain Problems
Facts about back pain: It is one of the most common physical complaints among adults and a main cause of misery for many.
At some point in their lives, most people will experience some sort of back pain. Back pain describes pain or discomfort felt in the upper, middle or lower back and may extend to the hips and legs. The back consists of a complex arrangement of bones, ligaments, joints, muscles, nerves, and pain can result from a problem with any of these components.
More facts about back pain: The most common type of back pain can be found in the lower back. This is due to the fact that the lower portion of the back is under the most pressure when a person is sitting or lifting, and it can be easily damaged.
So those are some facts about back pain but what about the many causes?
- The most common cause is a strain, which is a small tear of the back muscles or ligaments. This usually results from a sudden or awkward movement, or from lifting a heavy object. Often, a person can’t recall a particular incident that brought on the pain.
- Other common causes include poor muscle tone in the back, tension or spasm of the back muscles, and problems with the joints that make up the back.
- A herniated disc can pinch a nerve as it leaves the spine.
- Whiplash injury (associated with neck pain) most commonly occurs following a car accident. This is typically caused by hyperextension and/or hyperflexion because the head is forced to move backward and/or forward rapidly beyond the neck’s normal range of motion.
Back pain can be classified as either:
- Acute – sudden pain that lasts for just a short while, usually a few days to a few weeks
- Chronic – pain that lasts for more than three months or pain that recurs
Statistics show that with non-invasive treatment, up to 90% of people with acute back pain improve within one month and up to 60% improve within a week. Even severe back pain due to a herniated disc often resolves within six weeks of treatment, as the protruding discs begin to shrink.