Treating back pain without surgery

Back pain an awkward condition yet a common cause for non attendance for work as well as for seeking treatment. Known as Lumbago ,back pain isn’t a disorder but a symptom of different kind of health problems.

Research and experts estimate, back pain as the most common cause of job related disability, 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at least once during their life time.

You do not have to be in that miserable state of pain and discomfort anymore. Back pain Geelong is committed to provide you the best treatment options available with the help of our dedicated team of professionals.

Conditions commonly associated to back pain are as follows:

  • Strain of muscle or ligament
  • Continuous heavy lifting
  • Certain physical conditions        
  • Muscle tension
  • Damaged disks
  • Injuries, fractures, or falls

Human back

Human back is made of a complex combination of bones, disks, tendons, ligaments and muscles.

Let’s have a closer look at what human back is made of?

  • Muscles- a piece of tissue inside your body which connects two bones and which you use when you make a movement
  • Ligaments- fibrous connective tissue which attaches bone to bone
  • Tendons–dense fibrous tissues that bind the muscles to the bone
  • Disks – a soft pad positioned in between each of the vertebrae of the spine
  • Bones – hard white pieces that form the skeleton

Issues with either of these can lead to back pain. Occasionally the cause may remain unclear.

Structural problems

Structural problems which lead to back pain are,

  • Ruptured disks
  • Sciatica 
  • Arthritis
  • Exceptional curvature of the spine 
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney disease such as kidney stones or kidney infection

Back pain can also come as a form of poor posture through everyday activities.

Did you know ?

A hunched position while using computers can result in increased back and shoulder pain over a period of time.

Basic body movements like,

  • Twisting
  • Coughing or sneezing
  • Over stretching or pulling
  • Bending for longer periods of time
  • Pushing, lifting, or carrying something heavier
  • Standing or sitting for long periods
  • Long drives without breaks

However, some medical conditions can also lead to back pain such as a cancerous tumour on the spine, Shingles, Kidney, bladder or pelvic infections also known as Pelvic Inflammatory disease and Cauda  Equina syndrome and even sleep disorders are among the other reasons.

Risk factors

The following factors can create a higher risk of developing low back pain:

  • Activities at work
  • Pregnancy
  • Poor physical fitness
  • Obesity and excessive weight gain
  • Heavy physical activity

Back pain also tends to be more common among women than in men, possibly due to pregnancy, childbirth, hormonal factors. Stressanxiety, and weight disorders which have also been associated to back pain.

Rarely conditions related to back may develop and cause pain or discomfort in different parts of the body, depending on the nerves affected.

When should I see a doctor ? 

Often people ignore and constantly refrain from seeking medical advice for back pain due to awkwardness and most of the time the pain or discomfort subdue without professional medical treatment. 

But when experiencing back pain, especially with a warm tingling sensation or numbness, that does not go away and specially if it is accompanied with fever or chills one should seek medical assistance without delay to avoid further damage.  

Tim Rosengarten
the authorTim Rosengarten

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