Chronic back pain is one of the most common spinal related ailments among adults of almost every age. It affects approximately 3 in every 4 adults at some point in their life. Chronic pain refers to the pain that lasts for more than 3-6 months or the pain which is beyond the tissue healing point. Some types of chronic pain conditions have identifiable causes such as degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis while others may not have any apparent cause such as neuropathic pain.
Speaking of chronic back pain, it is a pain that originates anywhere between the upper and lower back in the spine on an everyday basis. It can be severe but may also be mild or deep.
The common symptoms of chronic back pain include the following:
- Muscle aches
- Pain that radiates down in your leg
- Pain that becomes worse with lifting, moving, standing or bending
- Shooting pain
- Pain that improves when you recline
Chronic back pain can be a result of an injury, accident, muscular strain or structural spinal issues, like herniated discs, degenerative disc disease or spinal stenosis. Ironically, the severity of back pain is not directly related to the extent of physical damage. In many cases, a simple muscle strain can lead to excruciating pain in the back, making it difficult to walk, sit and stand.
While in some other cases, a severe spinal condition, like a herniated disc or a degenerated disc, can be relatively less painful.
If you are feeling consistent pain in your back, you should see the doctor. Our expert examines your back as well as your ability of standing, walking, sitting and lifting your legs. We might also ask you to rate the severity of your pain on a rating scale from zero to ten. Through these assessments, we can determine the approximate location of your pain, the extent of movement you can make with the pain and whether there are muscle spasms or not. It also helps us to rule out any other causes of pain.
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