Back Pain

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Types of Back Pain 

 

Neck Pain

Relates to any pain or discomfort you may experience from the base of your skull to your shoulders and which may extend into your upper back or arms. It could be felt as stiffness, tightness or a acute pain. In intense cases neck pain can limit the movement of your neck and head. You can also experience tension headaches because of untreated neck pain.

The muscles in your neck are always in action in order to support your head, it works different than most other muscles in your body which loosen completely when you are not using them. Too much strain on your neck can result in pain developing at any age.

Allot of strain may be placed on your neck when doing certain activities for long periods, like doing computer work, slouching or just having slept in an awkward position. If you have had a car accident you can also develop neck pain. Whiplash occurs when the head is thrown forward then backward in an accident, this is the most common type of neck injury.

Upper Middle Back Pain

Relates to any pain between the base of your neck to the bottom of your ribcage. This section of your back, around the thoracic vertebrae of the spine, is known as the thoracic region.

The bones in this region of your back do not flex as much as your neck or lower back. This type of back pain is therefore not as common but can still be quite painful.

Pain, like many other types of back pain, ranges from aching and stiffness to an acute pain or burning sensation. Pain in this region can also be caused by a pinched nerve in the neck.

One very common cause of thoracic back pain is poor posture. Keeping your back as straight as possible and balancing your weight on your feet evenly should help when standing. When you are sitting, keep your shoulders rolled back and really try to focus about a good position when sitting, driving and using computers.

Lower Back Pain

This is any pain between the bottom of your ribcage down to the top of your legs. The back is a delicate area of muscles, nerves, bones and joints and the lower back is constantly working hard to support your entire upper body.

This explains why this pain is the most common of all back pain and about 8 out of 10 people will be affected by it at some point in their lives. Sufferers of low back pain may feel tension, stiffness, sharp pain and soreness.

Most people’s low back pain is not brought on by rare conditions such as cancer or fractures and is therefore described as non-specific. This can be a bit upsetting, as it can feel a bit dismissive, but it simply means it is caused by the structures of the back rather than some other specific medical condition.

Pain in your lower back is most frequently triggered by everyday activities like bending awkwardly, lifting incorrectly, slouching when sitting, driving and standing for long periods without taking a break regularly.