Types of Lower Back Pain that You Should Watch Out For
By Sherwin Nicholson | SN Health Resources
Lower back pain is very complex as well as finding the appropriate treatment for yourself. This site is here to help you with back pain that is muscular in nature. Below you will find a brief explanation of some types of lower back pain.
Pain happens when there is a severe chronic imbalance of the weight distributed on the lumbar discs. An imbalance causes the discs to unnecessarily exert pressure on nearby nerve roots and the spinal cord.
Pressure when excessive can trigger a back spasm, muscle guarding or can even result in numbness to the area that the nerve supplies sensations.
The second form of pain is when the discs have aged causing disc decompression. Decompression is very common and affects most of the population.
Nerve root compression is likely to occur because space in between each vertebra reduces as you age. This condition is also known as degenerative disc disease. It usually affects the L1-L5-S1 lumbar discs. It is common for the L5-S1 (the lowest of the five) to wear the most.
When the disc loses height, your facet joints bear more pressure that can lead to facet joint wear. Even though decompression is diagnosed as a disease, it is not as scary as you think. It is in fact considered part of the aging process.
Facet Joint Pain
Facet joint pain occurs when the facet joints of the spine become progressively worn from increased contact and wear.
As the lumbar discs degenerate, the weight that the discs usually absorb is transferred more to the facet joint. Arching your lower back may worsen this condition and can trigger a spasm or worse yet a joint fracture.
This form of pain can create a dull, aching sensation, especially during extended periods of standing.
Another common source of pain is fatigue from the deeper muscles of the spine. These stabilizing, intraspinal muscles become weaker and more prone to wear and injury.
When the larger muscles in the lower back lose tone and conditioning, the stabilizers function poorly. The result is very painful back spasms.
These forms of pain are brought on by a muscular imbalance. They become more intense or frequent as we age. You can suffer any combination of these as early as during your teenage years. A lifestyle that does not include a healthy way to protect the spine will accelerate this process.
Most of the population will experience at least one of these forms of pain. Some are unfortunate enough to suffer all of them with frequent episodes.
Not Just a Part of Life
What is important to understand is that lower back pain is not something that is to be accepted as simply another part of life as we age. It is also is not something to be ignored either. A common way to ignore it is to treat it routinely with minimal rest and through the overuse of pain medications.
As vital as rest and medication are, it is also important to correct any muscular imbalances present. This way you help to relieve the above types of pain. Correcting muscular imbalances means to learn techniques and exercises that will protect your spine.
Correction does not mean to hit the gym as most of the time this will fail. We are not all athletic in nature nor do we need to be.
Those of us who are already in pain will not follow such advice as it does not make sense to do anything that may exacerbate the pain. Concerns about exercise for lower back pain are valid.
We can correct the imbalances gradually to minimize the chances of injuring or re-injuring our lower back. A small series of corrections are what is preferable. Successful treatment should target the lower back, hips, and legs. It should help to retrain muscles to move effectively.
You cannot treat lower back pain with just a few simple exercises. If this were the case, it would not affect so many millions of us every day.
Take the time necessary to read through the information on this site. It is for those who are experiencing chronic lower back pain. Many tips and suggestions are available. There are some exercises for pain available to try. A more thorough and comprehensive guide is also available.