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What Type of Back Pain Do You Have?

What Type of Back Pain Do You Have?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, every year an estimated 31 million people in the USA visit their doctor with complaints of back pain of some kind. Perhaps you know one of those people. Perhaps he’s even looking right back at you when you look in the mirror. While some people are able to reduce suffering due to back pain using various types of therapy, pain killers, sit-ups, yoga and stretching, many continue to suffer from chronic back pain for years, even decades.

Lower spine problems can be particularly painful, especially when that pain is chronic. Suffering from chronic back pain can adversely affect most aspects of an individual’s life. Imagine how it must feel to be a grandparent with a grandchild who wants to be picked up and played with but you can’t do it because of how much pain it would cause. Not only can back pain limit the range of activities that a person may be able to do without experiencing an uncomfortable level of pain, many people with back pain also complain of not being able to sleep comfortably at night, especially after a long day at work, sitting at computer, bending, lifting or even standing all day.

There are 3 types of back pain that affect many people at some point in their lives:

Acute Back Pain

If your back pain only lasts a short period of time, for example a few days to a few weeks, then it may be what is called acute back pain. Acute back pain (generally lower back pain), is often caused by poor posture or a blow to the back. Injuries to soft tissues and/or the bony elements of the back can often result in acute back pain.

Symptoms of acute lower back pain are generally defined by sharp pains, especially while sitting up, bending, lifting and/or standing. Often this acute pain arises in a specific area of the lower back, for example in the center of the lower back.

Neuropathic Back Pain

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), “In 1994, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defined the term neuropathic pain as pain initiated or caused by a primary lesion or dysfunction in the nervous system.” Neuropathic pain generally stems from neurological disorders (as opposed to an injury).

Interestingly enough, according to the European Journal of Pain,“clinical practice guidelines typically suggest that the prevalence of neuropathic pain in LBP is approximately 5%; however, some reports suggest that as many as 16–55% of patients with chronic LBP have possible neuropathic pain components.”

Chronic Back Pain

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Chronic back pain can be defined as pain that persists for at least 3 months or longer, despite after an initial injury or cause of acute low back pain has been treated. Approximately 20 percent of people who experience acute low back pain develop chronic low back pain. This type of back pain could result from nerve damage, poor posture, arthritis, or any previous injuries that affected the back, legs or spine.

People who suffer from this type of back pain usually complain of a feeling of numbness and often times a burning sensation from the back all the way down to the legs. Patients may also complain of a pins-and-needles type of pain.

Regardless of the type of back pain you may be experiencing, it is always a good idea to get it checked out by a spinal care specialist.

A Remedy for Back Pain

While there are many great natural remedies for back pain (such as yoga, sit ups and maybe putting down the remote and getting off the couch once in awhile), one great remedy for back pain is a back brace support (or back support belt). Back Pain research (feel free to do your own research if you are super into it) has found a curved and firm pad to be one of the best (and most affordable) solutions that addresses poor posture, the root cause of many back issues.

While allowing you to carry out all of your daily tasks, a curved back brace support such as the Back-A-Line back support belt can help you maintain proper posture, prevent further damage to your spine, and alleviate some of the pain.

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