Spinal Back Pains and Relief Treatments

Are you suffering from back pain? Is it difficult for you to complete normal everyday tasks? Here is information about back pain as well as treatments that will help relieve it.
| Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Karen could feel the pain in her back increasing everyday, but she always massaged some balm and carried on since she had so many deadlines to meet and so little time to accomplish those tasks. It was the same story everyday till one morning when she switched off her alarm clock and tried to get up from bed. As she turned to her side she felt a terrible pain surge through her body, she tried again in vain, so she just lay there and called up her brother, who lived in the same city and had the spare key to the apartment. He walked in a little later with a doctor in tow who checked Karen and explained the reason for her spinal back pain.

Spinal Back Pain - Explained

Any kind of back problems whether related to the lower back or other parts of the body can affect a person at any age, though most people likely get affected between the ages of 35 to 55. The term used for pain that lasts for less than three months is acute back pain, where the word acute refers to how long it’s lasted instead of how severe the pain is! If the pain persists for longer than the said time period, it is referred to as chronic back pain.

To explain this further we would have to look at the spine, which is made up of many small bones called vertebrae that are separated by discs. These discs allow the spine to bend. Ligaments and muscles support the structure of the vertebrae and discs. It is the spine which carries nerves from the brain to other parts of the body and threads through the centre of each vertebra.

Most people are affected by simple back pain that is pain that begins suddenly or gradually comes in due to strain over a period of time. In this kind of pain, there is no permanent damage and nothing is visible when an X-ray is taken. Simple back pain usually originates in the lower back and may sometimes spread to the buttocks and thighs and usually comes and goes as per the activity carried out by the person.

Reasons for Spinal Back Pain

Back ache is usually triggered by:

  • A fall
  • Bad posture
  • Carrying, lifting or pulling a load
  • Bending or standing for long periods
  • Sitting in a chair that does not provide support to the back
  • Pain in the nerve root (The reason for this is usually one of the discs in the spine coming out from its normal position. The term used for this is "slipped disc.")

Apart from the reasons mentioned above back pain may also be present because of collapse or infection of the vertebrae or related to cancer or tuberculosis.

Relief Treatment for Back Pain

Back pain can often turn excruciating and hinder normal activities, here are a few treatments which might help you take care of your back.

  • Stay Active
    Do return to your normal level of physical activity as soon as you can as this will help your back get better faster. It also reduces the chances of getting back pain again!
  • Stay Positive
    Back pain often usually goes away soon, so remember to stay positive.
  • Medicines
    To gain relief from the pain, you can take the medicine prescribed for you by the doctor or pharmacist. You can also use a hot water bottle or an ice pack to get relief. To avoid an ice burn, remember not to apply ice directly on your skin.
  • Manipulation of the Spine
    Opting for Chiropractic and Osteopathy treatment will also provide you with back pain relief. Of course do consult your GP, who is the best person to decide on whether the treatments above will help.
  • Physiotherapy
    To rid yourself of the back pain you can visit a physiotherapist, who will first assess the pain and help to increase your movement, relieve the discomfort as well as help you deal with the pain. He/she might be able to provide some relief!
  • A Visit to the Pain Clinic
    Sometimes the doctor may advise you to visit the pain clinic. At these clinics you will be treated for your back pain by the treatment of the symptoms. Counseling is also provided to help deal with the back pain.

Alternative Therapies

  • Acupuncture
  • The Alexander Technique
  • Back Surgery
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