Category: Lower Back Pain

BPS 31: Understanding Different Types of Back Pain

Knowing about the different types of pain will help you in better pain control. Pain can be divided into different categories. The treatment of a pain depends on the source and diagnosis of pain. In this post, you will learn about different types of pain.

Acute Pain

Acute pain lasts for a short time. The typical duration of an acute pain is around three to six months. This pain is generally related to tissue damage. Pain due to touching a hot stove, a needle prick, or a paper cut is known as acute pain. Other examples of acute pain include pain due to hitting one’s fingers with a hammer and childbirth pain.

Chronic Pain

When pain lasts for more than six months, the pain is known as chronic pain. This type of pain occurs when the tissue has not healed thereby causing pain. Degenerative disc disease and physical deconditioning due to lack of exercise and result in chronic pain. Sometimes chronic pain is not physical, but emotional in nature. This type of pain is caused due to emotional tension due to anxiety and depression.

Chronic pain can be divided into two types.

-Chronic Benign Pain — The type of chronic pain is caused by visce ...

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BPS 24: What are the Treatment Options for Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease?

Treatment of degenerative disc disease focus on reducing the pain and improving mobility. Degenerative disc disease can be treated with either nonsurgical or surgical methods. Initially, doctors recommend nonsurgical options. However, if the pain does not subside with nonsurgical methods, the doctor suggests surgical treatment of the degenerative disc disease.

In some cases, doctors recommend a combination of nonsurgical methods like medications, physical therapy, and surgical methods. In this article, we will look at some of the common types of nonsurgical lumbar degenerative disc diseases.

1. Prescription or Over-the-counter (OTC) Medications

Individuals generally use OTC medications in order to get relief from pain. They may use medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen. These medications can reduce inflammation that causes nerve root irritation and discomfort. In addition, acetaminophen may be used as a pain reliever in case of lumbar degenerative disc disease.

In case the pain is not relieved with OTC medications, doctors may prescribe narcotic painkillers or muscle relaxants. The medications are common for the treatment of pain that lasts for ...

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BPS 22: What you Need to Know about Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)?

Lumbar degenerative disc disease result in lower back pain. The disease is age-related that occur due to wear and tear of the spinal disc. In this post, you will learn about the pain in the back that occurs due to pain in the vertebrae.

About Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

Intervertebral discs are fibrous, tough structures. they act as ligaments between the vertebrae. The disc absorb pressure thereby acting as a shock absorber. The discs are flexible but strong enough to allow movements such as bending backward, forward, and side to side.

Lumbar degenerative disc disease is a misnomer. The reason is that it’s neither a disease nor the symptoms of the condition worsen over time. The discs stiffen naturally with age due to wear and tear. Everyone experience some form of disc degeneration. Due to stiffening of the spinal disc, an individual can experience different spinal disc problems, including lumbar degenerative disc disease.

Components of Intervertebral Disc

An understanding of the intervertebral disc that undergoes degermation will help in better understanding of the condition.

An intervertebral disc is composed of three main parts. T ...

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BSP 21: An Overview of Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a common condition that results in neck and back pain. The condition is also one of the least understood medical condition.

Degenerative disc disease can result in pain in the neck and back. The pain due to degenerative disc can occur in the lower or upper back. In this post, you will learn more about how degenerative disc disease causes back pain.

About Degenerative Disc Disease

Disc degermation is common that occurs with time. The spinal disks at the back act similar to shock absorbers in a car. They are located between the bones and vertebrae of the spine. The discs help the back stay flexible as you twist and bend.

Symptoms of degenerative disc disease include numbness, weakness, and shooting pains. The pain can occur in the back or also the arms and legs, known as radicular pain. Disc degeneration typically consists of a chronic pain with intermittent episodes of severe pain.

Types of a Disc Degeneration

There are two common types of disc degeneration.

-Lumbar Spine — Disc degeneration in the lumbar spine results in pain in the lower back.

-Cervical Spine — Cervical spine degermation result ...

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BPS 20: Symptoms and Diagnosis of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis may have different symptoms. The symptoms depend on the severity and the location of stenosis. In this post, we will look at the common symptoms of spinal stenos as well as proper diagnosis tests to identify the condition.

What are Common Spinal Stenosis Symptoms?

Spinal stenosis develops slowly over time. The symptoms can also occur intermittently. Instead of continuous pain, the symptoms can come and go. The symptoms of spinal stenosis may also occur when performing certain activities such as walking, riding a back or standing upright.

Patients suffering from spinal stenosis may experience relief from pain by lying down. They may also experience relief when in a flexed forward position.

Leg pain may develop due to lumbar spine stenosis. The medical word for the leg pain is claudication. It can be caused due to vascular claudication (arterial insufficiency) or neurogenic claudication due to spinal stenosis. In either condition, leg pain will subside with rest. The patient will have to sit down for a few minutes to ease the pain in the lower back.

In case of lumbar stenosis, pain may subside after flexing forward or sitting. This will ...

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BPS 19: What are the Treatment Options for Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis affects about 2.4 million people in the US. Most people experience severe pain due to spinal stenosis. Individuals suffering from the condition have difficulty in walking or writing for a long period of time. Some people have to use a cane to maintain balance when walking.

Spinal stenosis problem can be treated with nonsurgical and surgical options. In this article, we will inform about five common treatment options for the condition.

1. Behavioral Modification

Individuals suffering from spinal stenosis treatment are ordered to avoid activities that can worsen the symptoms. Recommended activity modification may include walking while leaning on a walker, or bent over instead of walking upright. Also, the individual may be advised to sit in a recliner rather than sitting in a chair.

2. Epidural Injections

Another treatment option for spinal stenosis is epidural injection. Doctors inject cortisone into the epidural space. This can help provide temporary relief from symptoms of spinal stenosis. However, recent studies have questioned the efficacy of the injections. There has also been concern over the risk of corticosteroid injections for patient ...

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BPS 17: An Overview of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is a serious medical condition that results due to the narrowing of the spinal nerves. Degeneration of the soft tissues that include the discs, muscles, and vertebrae may occur over time. The changes may ultimately lead to the spinal stenosis.

In this post, we will talk about a specific type of spinal stenosis known as lumbar spinal stenosis. Here you will learn about the symptoms, prognosis, diagnosis, and treatment of the condition.

About Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Stenosis is derived from the Greek word meaning choking. The condition often results due to degenerative bone diseases such as spondylolisthesis and osteoarthritis. Lumbar spinal stenosis occurs when the spinal nerves in the lower back get chocked. This most often leads to severe leg pain among other symptoms.

Individuals with lumbar spinal stenosis often experience pain while walking, which is known as claudication. The pain results in diminished activity levels. Patients generally feel relieved when at rest but the pain resumes when walking.

Symptoms of Lumbar Spinal Stenosis

Individuals with lumbar spinal stenosis may feel different symptoms. Some of the symptoms include th ...

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BPS 16: What are the Causes, Types, and Symptoms of Spinal Stenosis?

Stenosis refers to an abnormal narrowing of the body. Spinal stenosis is a condition where the narrowing occurs in the bone channel occupied by the spinal cord and spinal nerves. Some people are born with a congenital defect, but most develop this as part of the degenerative disc due to aging.

The narrowing of the bone channel may result in radiating pain, numbness, and weakness. It can also result in a secondary compression of the spinal cord or nerves.

What are the Causes of Spinal Stenosis?

Spinal stenosis can occur due to many reasons. Some people have a small spinal canal that results in narrowing in the space within the spine. Other causes of the condition include herniated disks, overgrowth of bone, tumors, thickened ligaments, and spinal injuries.

People over the age of 50 are susceptible to developing spinal stenosis. Although, it can also happen in younger individuals.

Types of Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis types are classified according to the location where the problem occurs. Based on the location, spinal stenosis can be divided into two types.

1. Cervical Spinal Stenosis

Cervical spinal stenosis occurs in the neck area. The cond ...

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BPS 15: What are the Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of Cauda Equina Syndrome?

Cauda equina syndrome is a serious medical condition that requires urgent medical attention. In case patients with the cauda equina syndrome do not receive the surgical intervention, it could result in serious adverse effects. Some of the adverse effects of the condition include impaired bladder, paralysis, difficulty walking, bowel control, and other physical and neurological issues.

Here we will look at the details of cauda equina syndrome including symptoms, prognosis, and treatments.

Cauda Equina Syndrome – An Overview

Cauda Equina Syndrome (CES) is a condition that results due to damage to the spinal nerves. The condition occurs due to a damage to the cauda equina nerves that are situated below the end of the spinal cord.

The term cauda equina is a Latin word that means ‘horse’s tail’. The condition is so named as it occurs due to damage to nerves on the spine that resembles the tail of the horse. The nerves extend through the lumbar spine towards the sacrum and down to each leg similar to a horse’s tail.

What are the Symptoms of Cauda Equina Syndrome?

Symptoms of cauda equina syndrome include lower back pain, numbne ...

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BPS 14: What You Need to Know About Lower Right Back Pain

Lower back pain is generally felt evenly across the back. But in some cases, the pain is felt entirely on the right. Knowing about the causes of the lower right back pain will help in the effective diagnosis of the condition.

In this post, you will learn about some of the probable causes of lower right back pain.

About the Lower Back Pain

Lower right back pain most commonly occurs due to an injury to the soft tissues. The soft tissues refer to tendons, ligaments, or muscles that support the spine.

Another common reason for lower back pain include a problem with the spinal structure such as the intervertebral discs. In addition, diseases or issues that affect the internal organs in the pelvic, abdominal, and mid-back region can also cause lower back pain problem.

The body generally heals on its own after an injury to the soft tissues. Although the initial pain may be significant, the pain tends to subside after a few days. Seeing a doctor is recommended only in case the lower back pain continues for a long time.

Causes of Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain may be due to many reasons. It is usually caused due to a serious condition that needs attent ...

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Physiotherapists & Back Pain Expert

Twenty years ago I was lucky to survive a serious hockey injury. In a sport where big men zoomaround on hard ice and solid wood sticks are slung furiously, a difficult back injury is what every player fears.
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