Back pain can be excruciating, and it can affect the ability to function. When the back hurts the body really does hurt all over, and the causes and symptoms of back pain are as widespread as the people suffering with this debilitating problem. I had lower back pain that turned into numbness and pain in my thigh, and I know what it is like to suffer on a daily basis. If you are suffering from back pain, see your health care provider as soon as possible, and consider the following causes and symptoms. Knowing the possible causes and symptoms will help you gain a better understanding of what could be the source of the problem. You do not have to suffer.
The following symptoms and causes of back pain are not intended to replace medical care, and this information is not meant to treat specific medical conditions. These are just some of the possible symptoms and potential causes of back pain. A healthcare professional can order x-rays, a CT scan, an EMG, and/or an MRI to determine the causes of the pain as well as determine a treatment plan for your particular symptoms and condition.
Symptoms and Causes of Bone Spurs and Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is most often a degenerative condition that occurs with age, but sometimes younger individuals can have osteoarthritis caused by an injury. The pads of cushioning tissue, otherwise known as disks, become worn out. As a result, bony protrusions (spurs) form on the vertebrae. The bone spurs can cause inflammation by coming in contact with spinal nerves, and they can cause a great deal of discomfort.
Poor Posture and Weight
Excess weight, especially in front, can put undue pressure on the back. Likewise, bad posture can also put pressure on the vertebra and nerves in the back. A lack of exercise can also cause problems when the muscles are weak and are not able to sufficiently support the spine.
Symptoms and Causes of Bulging Disks
Bulging (herniated) disks can cause a great amount of back pain. What happens is the outer covering known as the annulus becomes worn, and the material it protects begins bulging and pushing on the nerves of the spine. When this happens, pain can be felt in the back and the legs.
I have bulging disks and cervical spinal stenosis. With cervical spinal stenosis, the openings for the nerves begin to narrow and cause compression. What started out as pain in my lower back has turned into pain and numbness in my thigh. My lower back still hurts occasionally, but not nearly as much as the intermittent pain in my leg.
Anger, sadness, and frustration can aggravate a back injury or the pain of a degenerative condition. Try to control issues that cause anger or sadness. Not only will the pain decrease, but you will be better able to deal with it.
I have serious back and neck problems caused by herniated disks and spinal stenosis, and when I am upset the pain is considerably greater. The more I cried about a problem I was having, the more my back hurt. When hugging a family member the pain seemed to miraculously melt away.
Symptoms and Causes of a Torn Annulus
As previously mentioned, the annulus is a sturdy covering around the disks of the spine. The annulus contains nerves, and when it is torn or worn away it can generate a considerable amount of pain. Quick movements can tear the annulus and stretch corresponding ligaments.
Causes and Symptoms of Back Sprains
When ligaments are stretched beyond their capacity, and when back muscles are pulled, the result is a painful sprain. A sprain can happen in a fall, a vehicle accident, or it can occur simply because of moving too quickly or picking up more weight than the body can safely handle. Good posture and careful lifting and moving can prevent sprains and the symptoms that result.
Symptoms and Causes of Ruptured Disks
Ruptured disks, otherwise known as slipped disks, occur when the outer covering (annulus) that surrounds the disks becomes torn or worn. The disks push their way through and press against the nerves of the spine. Sciatica occurs when the pain travels down the rear and around to the thigh and the leg. This is one of the most devastating causes of back and leg pain because it can result in permanent nerve damage and can compromise the leg muscles and cause persistent numbness if not properly treated.
These are just some of the causes and symptoms of back pain. Symptoms and causes such as scoliosis or weakened or broken vertebrae can also create considerable problems. Do not continue to suffer needlessly. Many options are available that can help diagnose and treat painful back conditions.