Even though back pain is an incredibly common condition, confusion surrounds the problem of back pain, both for patients and health care professionals. If you have spent any time searching for a remedy to your back pain, then you are familiar with the bewildering number of opinions and treatment options in Austin.
Two things cause confusion:
- In the majority of cases, the exact source of the pain remains unknown.
- Back Pain Doctors show considerable disagreement as to specific diagnoses and appropriate treatment plans
These two problems mean that you are likely to get a wide variety of diagnoses and treatment recommendations as you search for answers to your back pain. In fact, the more you search the more bewildered you may feel.
With all this conflicting information, you may not be sure which route to follow. This page will define back pain and discuss the various treatments available to you at Austin Preferred Integrative Medicine.
Defining Back Pain
As you experience back pain or a spinal condition, you may experience a variety of symptoms, including:
Pain that has a throbbing, aching, shooting, stabbing, dull or sharp quality
Pain down one or both legs with very little pain in the lower back
Numbness or weakness in the legs
Pain in the lower back and legs that only occurs in certain positions
Sleep problems, decreased energy, depression and anxiety
Pain that seems to move to different parts of the body, including the back
Pain that stress and emotional issues cause or make worse
The preceding examples represent just a few of the many ways that a back pain problem can present itself. In order to get good treatment and ensure that treatment doesn’t actually make your problem worse, you must have a good understanding of the different types of back pain problem. Having this knowledge helps you gain control over your particular back pain or spinal problem.
What Causes Back Pain?
Back pain has known medical causes. If you venture outside the realm of traditional Western medicine, then the list of possible reasons for back pain becomes even longer. For the purposes of the discussion in this section, we only present a few examples of the more common causes of back pain.
One of the most common causes of back pain includes problems with the muscles and ligaments. Similar to other tissues in your body, the muscles and ligaments of your back can be injured, irritated or weakened which then causes pain.
Another cause of back pain (often in conjunction with pain down one or both legs) is a disc problem. Two common disc problems are a disc bulge or a disc herniation. The disc is a cushion that lies in between each of the bones of your back. Problems can occur when part of the disc either bulges or herniates out of its usual space. It then either presses or comes close to nerves that go down your legs. Irritation can result even if the disc is not actually compressing the nerve but only comes in close proximity.