Don’t you just hate it when you’re having fun and minding your own business then bam! Suddenly this throbbing pain is radiating in your back. You can’t help but be bothered by it. This back pain is very common among people in the United States. In fact, it is one of most common reasons why people skip work and go to the doctors. But what we have to understand is that back pains are actually symptoms of a condition and is not really a condition in itself.
Anatomy of Back Pain and Back Pain Attacks
To understand how back pain attacks us, we first have to understand the anatomy of back pain. Our spines (or backbones) are made up of a column of thirty three (33) bones and tissues. These extend from our skulls all the way to our pelvis. These bones (or vertebrae) are structured to protect a cylinder of nerve tissues that we call the spinal cord. And the intervertebral disc that lies in between each one of our vertebra serves as a shock absorber. Our backbones comprise of all these essential elements. However, there are certain conditions that could lead to the imbalance and even damage of these elements and these conditions pave way for back pain attacks.
One way back pain can attack you is through the condition of Intervertebral Disc Degeneration. From the name alone, you can already tell that this condition means the degeneration or deterioration of our intervertebral discs that, as mentioned earlier, cushion our vertebrae. Back pains can also attack you when your facet joints start to wear down as well. These joints connect each vertebra to the other. These two conditions feature parts that break down with age so it is clear that older people are more vulnerable to these conditions than the younger generations. When in these conditions, pain will attack you only when your back is stressed. Back pains can also attack you because of injuries. Your spine sprains and fractures can give life to either short lived or chronic back pain.
Symptoms of Back Pain Attacks
There are numerous causes of back pain and some are even self-inflicted through a lifetime of bad habits. Other causes may include accidents and sports injuries that need specific treatments for athletes. Though the causes are various, the symptoms are oftentimes the same. So how can you know for sure if you are being attacked by back pain? The symptoms are:
- Continual soreness as well as stiffness anywhere along your backbone, from the base of the neck to the hips.
- Sudden, localized pain within the neck, upper back, or lower back — specially right after lifting heavy objects or perhaps undertaking some other strenuous exercise.
- Persistent ache in the center or lower back, particularly right after sitting down or standing for long periods of time.
- Failing to stand straight without significant muscle spasms in the lower back
When you experience any of these symptoms, it is advisable to seek chiropractic treatment centers to have your back pains checked for any underlying conditions that may lead to serious back damage or injury.