The human back is composed of a complex structure of muscles, ligaments, tendons, disks and bones – the segments of our spine are cushioned with cartilage-like pads. Problems with any of these components can lead to back pain. In some cases of back pain, the cause is never found. Back pain includes lower back pain, middle back pain, upper back pain, or low back pain with sciatica. Nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis can result in back pain. Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move. It can start quickly if you fall or lift something too heavy, or it can get worse slowly.

Back pain is one of the most common reasons people go to the doctor or miss work and a leading cause of disability worldwide. Most people have back pain at least once. The causes of back pain are numerous; some are self-inflicted due to a lifetime of bad habits. Other back pain causes include accidents, muscle strains, and sports injuries. Although the causes may be different, most often they share the same symptoms.

Back pain is typically categorized into two types: acute back pain comes on suddenly and persists for a maximum of three months, while chronic back pain gradually develops over a longer period and lasts for over three months (causing long-term problems). A considerable percentage of patients with back pain experience both occasional bouts of more intense pain as well as more-or-less continuous mild back pain, making it harder for the doctor to determine whether they have acute or chronic back pain.

Symptoms of back pain can include persistent aching or stiffness anywhere along your spine, from the base of the neck to the tail bone. You may experience a sharp, localized pain in the neck, upper back, or lower back — especially after lifting heavy objects or engaging in other strenuous activity. You may also have a chronic ache in the middle or lower back, especially after sitting or standing for extended periods. Back pain can radiate from the low back to the buttock, down the back of the thigh, and into the calf and toes. You may have an inability to stand straight without pain or muscle spasms in the lower back.

If you are having trouble with your back or are experiencing any of these symptoms, Chiropractic care and Active Release Therapy can help get you out of pain and living a more active lifestyle.  Call the office today 780-433-9920