Do you have lower back problems? Do you often complain that your back hurts? Do your back muscle spasms? Do you often wonder what might be giving you a sore back? Then, you better read on to find out. Back ache can be divided into 3 sections: neck pain, upper back pain, lower back pain and tailbone pain due to their location. But the causes of back pain can vary. Here are some of them.
Lumbar Muscle Strain: This happens when the ligaments are torn from where they are attached. Symptoms include pain which is severe and constant, weakness in the lower extremities that progresses, and inability to control bladder and bowel movement. The symptoms are similar to kidney pain, so be cautious.
Ruptured discs: Disc act like cushions in between vertebra. They absorb the shock we place on our spine. When this shock absorbers are moved outside its normal position, disk herniation happens. Symptoms of this are a pain similar to an electric shock, a tingling or numbing sensation, weakness of the muscle and problems moving bowels or bladder.
Discogenic Back Pain: This is otherwise known as the lumbar disc pain. This is the wearing out of the lumbar intervertebral discs. It is difficult to diagnose this, but the primary test for discogenic back pain is the discogram.
Spinal Stenosis: This happens due to the narrowing of the space around the spinal cord and nerves. Symptoms include weakness, pain, tingling and numbness.
Lumbar Spine Arthritis: This often happens together with spinal stenosis and disc degeneration. This happens, when the joints that connect each spinal segment become arthritic, decreasing its mobility.
Spondylolisthesis: This happens when a vertebra on top of another vertebra is displaced. Symptoms include pain in the leg similar to an electrical shock going down it, legs feel numb or it tingles, and weakness of leg muscles.
Osteoporosis: This is the weakening of your bones, formation of new bones cannot keep up with the loss of bones.
To treat a low-back ache, or any other back pain, you need to do the following:
1. You should give your spine a rest. Lie down for at most, 3 days.
2. Take anti-inflammatory medications to relieve the pain.
3. Back muscle spasm can be relieved with the application of warm compress.
4. For severe pain, you can take narcotic medications, but do so cautiously, they can be addictive.
5. You can also take muscle relaxers.
6. Going to a physical therapist can also help you.
7. For inflammation of spinal nerves and back pain you can take epidural steroid injections.
8. When all other means are exhausted, spine surgery is your last resort.
However, if none of the suggestions from numbers 1-7 has helped ease your back problems and you are reluctant to pursue spine surgery, you can also try inversion therapy by using an inversion table. It has done wonders for others with back problems; it might be the solution you are looking for!