This page will inform you on different types of spine pain, symptoms associated with the injury and how to treat your diagnosis.
It's difficult to live a happy, healthy life when you're in constant pain – specifically, spine pain. If your body doesn't have a full range of movement and mobility, how do you expect to feel good about yourself?
From mild, lower back pain to a dislocated vertebrae, the spine can often become overused or overworked, generally from bending, turning or twisting improperly, resulting in injury. If injury does occur, seeking chiropractic assistance may be necessary.
HOW SPINE PAIN OCCURs
In order to determine whether or not you're currently suffering from spine pain, it's important to understand the spine, and how pain can form.
The spine is a group of vertebrae that travel from the skull to the small of the back, surrounding the spinal cord, which provides support to the backbone. When these vertebrae become strained (specifically, herniated or slipped discs due to wear and tear of soft tissue in your upper back, lower back and/or hip), pain occurs.
As mentioned above, there are different types of spine pain. For example, depending on the injury sustained, you may experience:
- lower or mid-back pain
- sciatica pain (when the back, hip and/or outer part of the leg becomes agitated, often due to compression on the spinal cord, subluxation (a dislocation)
- and, in more extreme conditions, scoliosis, which refers to the curvature of the spine
Symptoms of spine pain can range in variety and severity, such as:
- Sharp pain anywhere along the spine, including the neck
- Agitation in the middle or lower back
- Pain in the buttocks, thighs, calfs and/or toes
- Muscle spasms
Sciatica pain generally affects the lower back, resulting in leg pain or hip pain, and can burn or tingle. This type of pain can also create a weakness or numbness in the leg or foot. Standing from a sitting position can be difficult.
If you experience any of the conditions listed above, seeking medical or professional assistance my not only be necessary, but also beneficial to your health. The longer spine pain goes untreated, the worse it can become, and have a lasting affect on your movement and mobility. Remember, you only have one body – take care of it.
It goes without saying that if you have back or spine pain, you'll know it, because you'll feel it. However, in order to determine the nature of the pain and how to treat it, you will need to seek medical assistance.
Only a doctor will be able to diagnose your specific condition, as well as lead you to the path of recovery. Depending on the extent of the pain and injury, x-rays may be necessary. Or, you may be able to find recovery and relief by visiting a chiropractor.
A medical professional can determine the adequate treatment for your spine pain. In the most extreme cases, surgery may be needed. However, for less threatening types of pain, you may find comfort in the following treatment options:
- Back Brace
- Ibuprofen (or similar anti-inflammatory medication)
- Physical Therapy
Before you attempt to handle the pain on your own, you may want to seek the advice of your family physician.
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