Most people will suffer from low back pain at some point in their lives. While reading these lines, about 15% of people in the world suffer from low back pain at some level or another. Why him? Because the lower back supports most of our body weight, and for that he pays the price. What causes these pains? What are the symptoms? How long can this take? How to treat?
What is low back pain?
This is a pain that usually occurs in the part of the back that extends below the rib line and above the lumbar line, and sometimes with radiation to the buttocks (one or both) and / or to the pelvic area and thigh.
Symptoms include pain, burning, and stabbing. They can be sharp or dull and with slight to severe strength (to the point where it is difficult to move or stand straight). Symptoms may occur suddenly (e.g. After lifting an object of pain or as a result of a sports injury) or develop gradually. Sometimes there is also local swelling that adds to the pain.
Lower back pain can be classified according to their duration: acute pain (up to 6 weeks), sub-chronic pain (12-6 weeks), and chronic pain (over 12 weeks).
What Causes Acute Back Pain?
In most cases, it is not possible to know the exact cause of the pain.
Pain can be the result of injuries (e.g. Stretching or tears) in the tissues that make up or support the spine in particular and in the back in general, including muscles, ligaments, tendons, joints, and cartilage.
If it is a slight stretch or a small tear in one of the small muscles or small ligaments, it is difficult to recognize that this is the reason because our back is such a complex structure.
Sometimes the source of the pain is more obvious, and is the result of medical conditions such as disc herniation of varying degrees, ranging from minor ballet to break out with calcification. This is a sign of a protracted process or constriction of the spinal cord, which results in pressure being exerted on several vertebrae at the same time. This is a problem that is particularly common among the older population.
How long will the pain last?
The duration and intensity of the pain cannot be predicted. There are cases of severe pain that will pass within a few days, and there are cases of mild or moderate pain lasting several weeks.
In general, it can be said that half of the severe back pain will pass within two weeks and most of them will pass within 6 weeks. In most cases the pain will pass over time, even without treatment.
One-third of the people with back pain will suffer from another event and some will develop chronic pain.
How is low back pain treated?
Contrary to what many people think, one of the most important principles for treating back pain is avoiding bed-rest and continuing activity – depending on the intensity of the pain, of course. Some people with back pain will find that exercising as mild as walking or swimming will improve their general condition and reduce pain. It is recommended to avoid strenuous activity and lifting of loads.
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