As someone who has experienced lower back pain, you know just how debilitating it can be. Low back pain is a common problem that affects people of all ages, and it can be caused by a variety of factors. Below you can find the different types of lower back pain, their symptoms and causes, as well as the most efficient back pain treatments options to date.
Types of lower back pain
There are two main types of lower back pain, categorised based on duration: acute and chronic pain.
Acute pain is a sudden onset of pain that lasts for a short period of time, usually a few days to a few weeks. This type of pain is usually caused by a sudden injury or strain on the back, such as lifting heavy objects, sudden movements, or falls, and can manifest as severe pain.
Chronic lower back pain, on the other hand, is pain that persists for longer than three months. It is often caused by underlying conditions, such as arthritis, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, sciatica, compressed vertebrae, or even a compressed spinal cord.
Lower back pain symptoms vary depending on the type and severity of the pain, and can be present in both acute and chronic pain sufferers. The only difference between symptoms for each type of pain is the duration. That being said, some common symptoms include:
- Dull or sharp pain in the lower back, including radicular pain or painful back muscles
- Sciatic nerve pain
- Stiffness in the back
- Difficulty standing up or sitting down
- Pain that radiates to other parts of the body, such as down the leg or up to the thoracic spine.
- Muscle spasms
- Numbness or tingling in the legs or feet
Oftentimes it is believed that acute pain is associated with mild pain. However, that is not necessarily true, as acute pain can be short-lasting but intense.
Lower back pain causes
There are several factors that can contribute to lower back pain, but some of the most common causes include poor posture, herniated discs, leading a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, smoking, ageing, injury or trauma, as well as various spinal conditions.
Most often pain in the lower back can be attributed to a specific type of problem, called sciatic pain, or sciatica.
Sciatica refers to the pinching of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, down the back of each leg. When it becomes pinched, it often results in pain, which can last for a short or long time, depending on the triggering factor that irritates the nerve.
Before proceeding to the treatment phase, it is recommended to obtain a diagnosis to confirm the exact cause of the symptoms.
Some common treatment options available for lower back pain include physical therapy, pain relievers, head and ice therapy, spinal massage, or even surgery, as a last resort.
While these treatments can be effective, they may not provide long-term relief or address the underlying cause of the pain. That’s where the Spinal Backrack comes in.
The Backrack is designed to provide wide-reaching, yet targeted relief for lower back pain by supporting the spine and reducing pressure on the lower back as you perform a series of simple exercises.
It is highly effective at providing long-term pain relief as it addresses the underlying cause of lower back pain by stretching out the spine and allowing it to remain in that relaxed state.