Definition of Back Pain

Basically, back pain is pain that is experienced in the upper or lower back. Usually this type of pain can either be felt as a stabbing acute type of pain or as a dull tension or stiffness in the back. Back pain can be caused due to improper lifting mechanics, awkward sitting, excessive bending or due to an awkward posture.

Back pain typically is a non-life threatening condition and often gets better after 4 months.  Conventional treatments for this problem can include proper posture maintenance, painkillers and therapeutic exercises.

Types of back pain

Back pain can affect any area of the back but the part of the back where pain usually occurs is the lower back. The pain can be experienced along the hips, neck or spine.

Some of the more typical types of back pain include:

  • Vertebral fractures and osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Bulging or slipped disc (its location is between two vertebral discs)
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Injuries and sprain
  • Whiplash injury
  • Ankylosing spondylosis
  • Neck pain
  • Bone irregularities like back flexion, back extension, lordosis, kyphosis and scoliosis.
  • Specific kinds of conditions – Endometriosis, kidney infections or stones, pregnancy, stress, fibromyalgia among others
  • Serious cases of spine infections, bone cancers or cauda equine syndrome

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