Back Pain, Causes, Treatments, And Emotional Effects
Having a bad back can mean something different to nearly everyone affected by it. A bad back is usually described as pain in the back but may have several causes and can manifest in many ways. There are several signs and symptoms to point to having a “bad back”. Some causes of a bad back include mechanical problems, injuries, acquired conditions, diseases, infections or tumors.
Mechanical problems deal with the way the spine moves and the way you feel when your spine moves. Thought to be the most common mechanical problem would be degeneration. As the body ages the fluid filled sacs that separate the vertebrae begin to break down. The more these sacs wear down it causes the bones to grate against each other and because of this lack of cushioning this can cause immense pain especially when the back becomes stressed.
A few other causes of mechanical based pain, include spasms, ruptured discs, herniated discs and muscle tension. Injuries include sprains and fractures which can cause long term (chronic) or short lived pain. Sprains usually occur from bending, turning, or lifting without a consideration of good body mechanics. They are classified at tears in the supporting ligaments of the spine. Fractures are usually the result of osteoporosis.
Accidents such as falls or vehicular trauma may also be a factor but are far less common. Diseases and conditions that are acquired as well as infections and tumors make up on a small but significant percent of back pain sufferers. There are many medical treatments for back pain. Bad backs can be treated with medications. Painkillers are an option for managing back pain and they come in both prescription and non-prescription options. Also, seeing a chiropractor may be option to readjust the spine and relieve tension.
There are also a few homeopathic options for dealing with the pain cause by having a bad back. Hot and cold treatments are a way to manage pain. Some people use hot baths to help relax the muscles in their backs to aide with the pain. Other people find using cold compresses may also be very effective in reducing swollen muscles. It is important to find the most relaxing and comfortable sleeping position. Most emotional difficulties are more easily dealt with after a good night’s sleep.
Keep moving and exercise is important for muscle mobility and exercises releases endorphins that make you feel good. Dealing with a bad back can affect you emotionally, in addition to physically. Back pain can make it difficult for you to concentrate, and can create an inability to perform tasks you have previously accomplished without much thought or effort. Being unable to perform these seemingly basic tasks can make you feel useless and not needed. These emotional hurdles may be overcome by discussing them with friends, family, or even a therapist.