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Back pain is a common symptom. It can range from a dull, constant aching pain in the back to a sharp pain that incapacitates a person. It can be caused by lifting something the wrong way, from an accident, from a fall or from sleeping the wrong way. It can be of a slow or sudden onset. About one fourth of all Americans have back pain of at least one day's duration in a three month history of time.
Risk factors of back pain are age, in which most people who suffer the condition are between the ages of 30 to 40 years at first attack. The older you are, the more common is the incidence of back pain. Those who are of poor physical fitness are likely to have back pain than those who are physically fit. People with a diet high in calories and fat can lead to obesity, which increases the risk of back pain. Heredity can cause certain forms of back pain that affects the spine. It is more common in African American women who have a two to three times risk of getting back pain than Caucasians.
If you have arthritis, you are more likely to have low back pain or cervical pain. Those with a job that results in heavy lifting are prone to low back pain and injury. Cigarette smokers have a higher rate of back pain.
The causes of back pain are usually mechanical. This means that one vertebra has moved out of position with relationship to the other vertebra, a condition called spondylolisthesis. Spinal injuries can cause back pain and can be as simple as a sprain to the back to a back fracture. Sprains can tear the ligaments and muscles that support the back. A fracture automatically leads to back pain. Back pain can be caused by scoliosis or curvature of the spine, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis an ankylosing spondylitis. Pregnancy can cause back pain as can kidney stones, endometriosis and fibromyalgia. Infections of the bone, called osteomyelitis, can result in back pain and tumors involving the vertebrae can lead to back pain.
The diagnosis of back pain includes x-rays and a physical exam. Doctors can ask you about your past and current medical history, including injury history. The doctor may ask you to stand and walk to see what it looks like. Reflexes may be examined and the sensations in the back are assessed along with range of motion of the back. Traditional x-rays may show subluxations or tumors of the back. They can also show whether or not there are the normal curvatures of the spine. A CT scan of the back or an MRI scan of the back can show details of the vertebrae and spinal cord. Blood tests may be done for HLA B27, a genetic marker for certain types of back pain, a CBC can be done and measures of inflammation, including a C-reactive protein or erythrocyte sedimentation rate can be done.
Back pain can be acute, lasting less than a few weeks or chronic, lasting several months to years. It all depends on the cause of the pain and on the treatment you receive for the pain. Chronic pain is less common than acute pain.
The treatment of back pain depends on what kind of pain you are having. In acute back pain, you often need no treatment and instead can use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications and ice to the low back. Heat can be used after the first few days of back pain. Rest followed by simple exercises can improve the back pain and can prevent it from coming back again.
Chronic back pain involves treatment that is surgical or involves physical therapy. Non surgical therapy involves heat packs or cold packs (or both) to the affected area. Exercise specific to those who have low back pain can be done in order to strengthen the back. This can involve flexion and extension exercises. These are range of motion exercises. Stretching can be done to improve the soft tissue of the back. Aerobic exercises need to be gentle exercises that can get your heart rate going and can help you get a stronger back.
Medications include analgesic medications like nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, opioid medications like oxycodone and codeine and things like Bengay can be used. Zostrix is another topical analgesic. Muscle relaxants like Flexeril can be used to get the spasm out of the muscles.
Some people respond to traction of the back. It stretches the back and pulls the vertebrae into proper alignment. Back braces can be used to support the back and behavioral modification can change the way the back feels. Injections of medications that block the function of the nerve root can ease the pain and facet joint injections can help the pain associated with subluxations. Some doctors use trigger point injections with corticosteroids, to ease inflammation within a few days.
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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here