Back Pain Treatment Chicago
Have you ever experienced a shooting pain in your back whether you are standing, sitting or walking? Your back pain may be caused by a variety of reasons. Injury or disease affecting any one or more of the structures in your back can often trigger an episode of pain. You may be able to avoid back pain by improving your physical condition and learning proper body mechanics. Back pain is no laughing matter; in fact, nearly everyone in their lifetime will suffer from some sort of back pain.
Back Pain: What to Know
We have all complained of an aching back at some point in our lives, but as painful as it can be, the exact source of back pain is often difficult to identify or pinpoint. There are numerous possible pain producers including muscles, soft connective tissue, ligaments, joint capsules, cartilage, discs and nerves. Through everyday activities – exercise, lifting, playing a sport, etc. – these areas may be pulled, strained, stretched or sprained. Sometimes, small tears that occur in the outer layer of a spinal disc can result in severe back pain.
Chronic Back Pain
Many people even experience pain from an abnormal disc that may be degenerating, bulging or even herniated. The duration and severity of a single episode of back pain cannot be predicted based on the onset, location of pain, or even the initial severity. Back pain can be grouped into three general categories of pain: acute, chronic and recurrent acute.
Acute Back Pain
Acute back pain typically subsides over a month or less as the back’s irritated tissue heals with time. Chronic pain, on the other hand, lasts for months at a time and is often less correlated to tissue damage or injury and may be the result of a more long-term spine condition or other related factors such as muscle weakness, body weight, and certain life stressors. Recurrent acute pain is intermittent, meaning it comes and goes from time to time and does not remain constant.
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