About eight out of ten people sometimes or regularly suffer from low back pain. In most cases, it is not related to any serious illness and the exact cause is unclear. You can get relief with Massage.
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There are Two Types of Low Back Pain.
Non-specific low back pain
Nonspecific back pain is the most common back pain. The majority of cases of sudden (acute) low back pain are classified as non- or non-specific. This is the type of back pain that most people suffer from. This back pain is so called because it is usually not clear what causes it. In other words, there is no apparent problem or disease underlying it.
The severity of the pain can range from mild to severe. The most common advice for back pain is to stay active. Painkillers can ease the pain if desired. Usually the pain disappears within six weeks but can return intermittently.
Cause of non-specific back pain
It is believed that in some cases the cause of non-specific back pain is a strain of a ligament or muscle. In other cases, a problem with an intervertebral disc may be the cause or the connection between two vertebrae. Other structures and tissues of the lower back can also result in pain. In an earlier article we discussed low back pain and the symptoms and treatment of SI complaints.
Tension difference in back or leg muscles, stress, leg length difference, overload or a one-sided working posture can also cause back problems. The cause of the pain cannot be proven with tests. Therefore, it is often difficult for a doctor to say where the pain is coming from, or what is causing the pain. For some people this is disturbing. On the other hand, for many people it is often reassuring to know that it is a non-specific back problem, meaning that it is not caused by a serious problem or disease.
Symptoms of low back pain
Sometimes the pain can develop immediately after you lift something heavy, or after an awkward twisting motion. The back pain can also develop for no apparent reason. Some people wake up with lower back pain. Although it concerns non-specific back pain, this does not mean that the pain is always mild. The severity of the pain can range from mild to severe. Typically the pain is in the lower back and sometimes radiating to one or both buttocks. The pain is usually relieved by lying flat. It is often worse when you move, cough or sneeze.
Most people with an attack of nonspecific low back pain improve quickly, usually within a week and sometimes longer. However, once the pain has subsided it is not uncommon for further bouts of pain (recurrences) to return. It is also common to suffer from minor pain attacks for a while after an attack of acute back pain. In some cases, the pain persists for several months or longer.
Diagnosis of non-specific back complaints
A doctor will ask you general questions and examine you. If there are no symptoms other than those mentioned above, the diagnosis of non-specific back pain is quickly made. If you have persistent back pain or if it worsens, always consult your doctor. Symptoms such as radiating pain to the chest, weakness of the leg muscles or foot, symptoms that may indicate arthritis, incontinence, severe trauma, osteoporosis, or symptoms suggestive of infection or cancer of the spine or immune deficiency may indicate serious underlying causes of non-specific back pain.
What can you do for low back pain?
Exercise programs are often recommended for the treatment of non-specific low back pain.
- Massage treatments such as shiatsu massage
- Physiotherapy and exercises to strengthen the back
- Manual therapy, including spinal manipulation
- Podiatry to eliminate any leg length difference
- Acupuncture treatments
- Stress reduction through behavioral therapy, yoga, meditation or mindfulness