Understanding the Different Types of Back Pain and Their Causes

Understanding the Different Types of Back Pain and Their Causes - APSM

Back pain is a common problem that affects millions of people around the world. It is one of the leading causes of disability and missed work days. Understanding the different types of back pain and their causes can help you manage your condition effectively.

 

Acute Back Pain

Acute back pain is a sudden onset of pain that usually lasts for a few days or weeks. It is the most common type of back pain and it is often caused by muscle strains, sprains, or injuries. Acute back pain can also be caused by poor posture, lifting heavy objects, or sudden movements.

 

Statistics show that 80% of people will experience acute back pain at some point in their lives. The good news is that acute back pain usually resolves on its own within a few days or weeks, and it can be managed with rest, ice, heat, and over-the-counter pain medications.

 

Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain is a type of pain that lasts for more than three months. It is often caused by underlying medical conditions, such as arthritis, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, or degenerative disc disease. Chronic back pain can also be caused by poor posture, obesity, and lack of exercise.

 

Chronic back pain is a significant health problem that affects millions of people worldwide. According to the National Institutes of Health, chronic back pain affects approximately 20% of adults in the United States, and it is the leading cause of disability.

 

Radicular Pain

Radicular pain is a type of pain that is caused by the irritation or compression of a nerve root. It usually starts in the lower back and then radiates down the leg. Radicular pain is often accompanied by numbness, tingling, or weakness in the affected leg.

 

Radicular pain is usually caused by herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or degenerative disc disease. According to a study published in the European Spine Journal*, radicular pain affects approximately 5% of the population, and it is more common in older adults.

 

Myofascial Pain Syndrome

Myofascial pain syndrome is a type of pain that is caused by the trigger points in the muscles. These trigger points are sensitive spots in the muscle that can cause pain, stiffness, and weakness. Myofascial pain syndrome is often caused by overuse or injury to the muscles, poor posture, and stress.

 

Myofascial pain syndrome is a common problem that affects approximately 10% of the population. It can be managed with physical therapy, massage therapy, and trigger point injections.

 

Understanding the different types of back pain and their causes can help you manage your condition effectively. If you are experiencing back pain, it is essential to seek medical attention to determine the underlying cause of your pain and develop a treatment plan that meets your needs. Advanced Pain and Spine Management can help you manage your back pain with the latest treatments and therapies. Contact us today to set up a consultation and get started on your journey to pain relief. 

 

*Source: Epidemiology of radicular pain: a population-based study” by Konstantinou K and Dunn KM – European Spine Journal

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