As you probably already know through personal experience, back pain can be very complex and difficult to accurately diagnosis and treat. There are myriad causes and contributing factors, and a wide range of possible back pain treatments that may or may not work for the same condition. This blog will outline some of the basic tenets of back pain to help you on your journey to finding and participating in a treatment approach that works for you.

Back Pain Is a Complicated, Personal Experience

The level, degree and manageability of pain is very different for every person. Some people can literally have a large herniated disc and experience no pain at all, and for others a simple muscle strain can cause excruciating back pain that can limit one’s ability to walk or even stand. Also, with some conditions, the pain can flare up from time to time and then reside, but may get worse over time. Because only you know your level of pain, your treatment will most likely be more successful if you proactively participate in making decisions about your medical care.

Many Structures in Your Back Can Cause Pain

While the anatomical structure of the spine is truly a marvel in terms of its form and function, many different structures in the spine are capable of producing back pain. Moreover, the spine is a part of the body that is highly prone to injury because it is subject to many strong forces-torque and twisting, sudden jolts and daily stresses (e.g. from poor posture). Common anatomical causes of back pain include:

* The large nerve roots that go to the legs and arms may be irritated
* The smaller nerves that innervate the spine may be irritated
* The large paired back muscles (erector spinae) may be strained
* The bones, ligaments or joints themselves may be injured
* The disc space itself can be a major cause of back pain

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NOTE: This information is solely advisory, and should not be substituted for medical or chiropractic advice. Any and all health care concerns, decisions, and actions must be done through the advice and counsel of a health care professional who is familiar with your updated medical history.

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Author's Bio: 

Donald P Nebel Jr. DC, CCST, DAAMLP

Doctor of Chiropractic

Certified Chiropractic Spinal Trauma

Diplomate American Academy of Medical Legal Professionals