Back pain is extremely common with most people suffering one or more episodes of back pain during their lifetime. In many cases back pain can self-resolve without the need for intervention. However, back pain can also be extremely painful, debilitating and persistent, often resulting in lost days at work and severe loss of function.
There are many different types of back pain, attributable to many causes. Successful treatment is dependent on identifying the correct cause for your back pain and treating it and other contributing factors.
The majority of people with back pain suffer from what is known as ‘simple’ or ‘mechanical’ back pain, often resulting from poor posture, ergonomics, manual handling and muscular tension due to emotional or work related stress all resulting in extra stresses on your muscles, ligaments and joints.
Less frequent, but potentially more serious causes of back pain can be caused by compressed or trapped nerves which become irritated and inflamed. This can give rise to ‘sciatic’ type pain that people experience with pain radiating into the buttocks or down the legs.
The reasons people suffer back pain are vast but are often attributable to work or lifestyle which can cause stress and strain on the back. Postural problems are becoming increasingly common due to many people spending large amounts of time at a desk which can result in muscle imbalances, dysfunction, irritation and eventually pain.
Although back pain can be very painful, there is rarely a serious underlying cause. Seeing a qualified health professional, such as a chiropractor, who is experienced in diagnosing conditions of the back and spine, can help treat back pain. Chiropractors will also identify where a referral or specialist investigations are needed. (BCA)
If you have any concerns or queries regarding any back pain you may be experiencing please call Manor Chiropractic & Applied Kinesiology on 0121 421 7788 for a full consultation or free 15 minute consultation.