Pain in the lower back or low back pain is a common concern, affecting up to 90% of Americans at some point in their lifetime. Up to 50% will have more than one episode. Low back pain is not a specific disease, rather it is a symptom that may occur from a variety of different processes. In up to 85% of people with low back pain, despite a thorough medical examination, no specific cause of the pain can be identified. America spends approximately $50 billion a year on low back pain.
Back pain can have many underlying reasons, but often no specific cause will be found and the pain will stop. This chapter will review many of the causes of back pain and proper evaluation and diagnosis. Please be sure to discuss your individual symptoms as well as the suggested treatments with your health-care professional to determine the appropriate diagnostic and treatment plan for your circumstances.
Low Back Pain Causes
Back pain is a symptom. Common causes of back pain involve disease or injury to the muscles, bones, and/or nerves of the spine. Pain arising from abnormalities of organs within the abdomen, pelvis, or chest may also be felt in the back. This is called referred pain. Many disorders within the abdomen, such as appendicitis, aneurysms, kidney diseases, kidney infection, bladder infections, pelvic infections, and ovarian disorders, among others, can cause pain referred to the back. Normal pregnancy can cause back pain in many ways, including stretching ligaments within the pelvis, irritating nerves, and straining the low back. Your doctor will have this in mind when evaluating your pain.
Nerve root syndromes are those that produce symptoms of nerve impingement (a nerve is directly irritated), often due to a herniation (or bulging) of the disc between the lower back bones. Sciatica is an example of nerve root impingement. Impingement pain tends to be sharp, affecting a specific area, and associated with numbness in the area of the leg that the affected nerve supplies.
Herniated discs develop as the spinal discs degenerate or grow thinner. The jellylike central portion of the disc bulges out of the central cavity and pushes against a nerve root. Intervertebral discs begin to degenerate by the third decade of life. Herniated discs are found in one-third of adults older than 20 years of age. Only 3% of these, however, produce symptoms of nerve impingement.
Low Back Pain Symptoms
Pain in the lumbosacral area (lower part of the back) is the primary symptom of low back pain. The pain may radiate down the front, side, or back of your leg, or it may be confined to the low back. The pain may become worse with activity. Occasionally, the pain may be worse at night or with prolonged sitting such as on a long car trip. You may have numbness or weakness in the part of the leg that receives its nerve supply from a compressed nerve. This can cause an inability to plantar flex the foot. This means you would be unable to stand on your toes or bring your foot downward. This occurs when the first sacral nerve is compressed or injured. Another example would be the inability to raise your big toe upward. This results when the fifth lumbar nerve is compromised.
Overnight soaked wheat along with half the quantity of cuscus grass which is commonly known as khus-khus is mixed with half the quantity of coriander. All these are mixed and boiled milk taken 4 times as the quantity of as that of wheat. When the milk is left two third of its original quantity. It is taken off and then consumed. It works as analgesic thus relives pain and also improves digestion in the body. Back pain can be administered by taking equal quantity of cuscus grass mixed with sugar. This mixture is then consumed twice daily with the dosage of 5 grams with warm milk.
Backache Home Remedies
Consume warm water mixed with one tablespoon of honey to get rid of back ache. Regular exercise and brisk walk keeps our spine muscle strong that helps in over all strengthening of our whole vertebral coloumn. Always be careful on the surface you sleep as it can be the major cause of your back ache. Try to sleep on not very hard and not very cozy bed so that your spine does get proper rest. Avoid direct bending for picking any thing from the ground instead bend your knees and then pick up the object to save our spine from undue pressure. Sedentary life style should be avoided. If you possess an sitting job then always try to stretch you whole body at a gap to 45 to 60 minutes. Don’t sit in one posture for long and avoid well cushioned seats. People suffering from strained back should rest on plain and stiff mattress with folded knee at right angles Infrared radiations followed by hot fomentation and then alternate sponging helps in giving instant relief from pains. Massage the stained area with castor oil, which helps in giving good relief from the trouble of back pain and inflammation Shed those extra kilos around your tummy so as to relief you’re back from bearing extra pressure.
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