Get A Hold Of Your Back Pain Before Its Too Late

Back Pain

Back pain is a common problem for most people. Children as young as 13 years are affected by back pains. The human back is made of bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, spinal cord and disks. Damage or any inconvenience to this cause a backache.

Causes of Back Pain

A lot of factors contribute to back pain and this includes:

  • Incorrect posture or awkward movement
  • Lifting heavyweight
  • Weak muscles
  • Strain to the muscles or ligaments
  • Muscle spasms
  • Ruptured or bulging disks
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Damage to the spinal cord or abnormal curvature of the spine
  • Osteoporosis
  • Any injury to the back
  • Any surgery
  • Cancer of the spine
  • Infection of the spine, shingles or any other infections
  • Sleep disorders or poor mattress
  • Others include stressful jobs, pregnancy, sedentary lifestyle, old age
  • Anxiety and depression may also contribute to back pains

Symptoms of Back Pain

Identifying the signs of chronic back pain at the early stages is used to treat and take care of your back to prevent greater damage. Some of the signs include:

  • Intermittent & persistent backaches
  • Localised pain in the back
  • Loss of excessive weight
  • Sickness such as body temperature elevation
  • Inflammation
  • Aching pain below the knees and down the legs
  • Injury to the back
  • Urinary incontinence or difficulty while urinating
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Numbness around the genitals, anus or buttocks

Diagnosis of Back Pain

Sever back pains can be identified by the following ways:

  • Taking an X-ray of the affected portion
  • MRI or CT scans
  • Bone scan
  • Electromyography or EMG
  • Blood or urine tests to check for infections
  • Withdrawal of fluid from the spinal cord
  • Consultation and diagnosis from a Chiropractor, Osteopath or a Physical therapist

Treatments for Back Pain  

Many times, back pains can be treated and taken care of using home remedies. Back pains can be treated by following some of the below methods:

  • Using some of the over-the-counter (OTC) medications
  • Use of natural medicated ointments such as Hondocream for pain relief
  • Cortisone injections
  • Applying heat to reduce pain and cold packs for reducing swelling
  • Alternating between hot compress and ice packs to the affected area to relieve pain
  • Physical therapy such as physiotherapy, ultrasound or other electrical simulation
  • Acupuncture
  • Pressure therapy
  • Back massages
  • Muscle strengthening exercises
  • Yoga is also beneficial for back pains
  • Reducing the strain given to the back
  • Ample rest
  • Surgery in the worst case

    Vanessa Chambers