Back Pain

Back PainWhat is back pain?

Back pain (also known as pinched nerve, sciatic nerve pain, sciatica, numb leg) is characterized by spinal stress and pain. Patients might have an inability to bend over or even move at all. One of the most common pains for the back is sciatic pain. Sciatica is inflammation which radiates along the sciatic nerve, buttocks, and leg.

What causes back pain?

In the case of injury, to the spine such as sprains and fractures can cause either short-lived or chronic pain (defined as pain which persists for more than 3 months). Sprains are tears in the ligaments that support the spine, and they can occur from twisting or lifting improperly. Fractured vertebrae are often the cause of osteoporosis, a condition that causes weak, porous bones. Less commonly, back pain may be caused by more severe injuries that result from accidents and falls. Other causes for back pain include:

• poor posture
• improper lifting habits
• arthritis
• deficiency of calcium or other nutrients
• age

How long does it take to heal back pain?

Most back pain can be diminished through the use of physical therapy or massage therapy. Though the healing time can be upwards of 6 months or even years, it depends upon the severity of the damage. In extreme cases, surgery might be needed. Talk to your doctor if your back pain is not going away. 

What can I do to help my back pain?

There are several things that you can do to help lessen your back pain. 

• practice correct lifting techniques
• exercise regularly
• maintain a healthy body weight
• reduce stress (which can cause muscle tension and heart problems)
• maintain correct posture while sitting, standing, and sleeping

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