Back pain is the result of disorder or a disease that affects muscles, tendons,bones or ligaments and it can be acute or it can be a chronic problem.
The main symptom of back pain is soreness anywhere in the back. Back pain can be so bad that a person feels paralyzed or like they cannot move. The range and place of pain varies according to what is causing it in the first place.
Causes of Back Pain
Back pain has many different causes but one of the main ones is spinal degeneration or injury and especially damage to the intervertebral disks. These are the structures that act like the cushions between the vertebra of the spine. After years of ordinary wear and tear these disks can degenerate, rupture or show strain.
Another more simple cause of back pain is simple muscle strain. Usually this is a problem that develops over a long period of time. When the muscles are strained, lactic acid is produced as a byproduct of activity. This can cause irritation that can eventually turn into pain and interfere with normal functioning. This is called delayed onset muscle soreness and it is a very common cause of back pain.
Other causes of back pain include –
- poor posture
- bladder problems
- colon problems
- menstrual cramps
- unbalanced footwear
- Improper lifting
- calcium deficiency
- slouching when sitting
- overweight or obese
- kidney disease
- liver disease
- bone cancer
Care and Treatment
There are many different types of treatment for back pain, including pain relievers prescribed by doctors. You may also be sent to a chiropractor. Chiropractors are licensed to perform spinal manipulation and may recommend nutritional or lifestyle changes.
A massage therapist is also sometimes recommended if the source of the back pain is detected to be muscle strain or soreness. Massage therapists work with muscles and tendons to help the body flush out toxins and speed tissue repair.
You might also be sent to a physical therapist who specializes in helping the back pain sufferer improve joint and spine mobility and muscle strength,.
The prognosis for back pain is generally good provided you follow your physician’s instructions and do not practice habits that could trigger an episode of back pain. In some people back pain persists and often these individuals remain on medication for life or just learn to just live with it.
At the Pinewood Natural Health clinic,naturopathic support for back pain can include dietary counseling, supplements, acupuncture, herbal remedies and homeopathy. Our integrated practice has a special focus on anti-aging therapies, weight loss, allergy testing, therapeutic massage and cancer support. Feel free to contact us online. You can also call us at our Toronto Clinic at (416) 556-8100 or at the Pickering Clinic (905) 427-0057.