Back pain is a common complaint among adults of all ages and about 80 percent of adults will experience at least one episode of back pain at least once in their life.
Back pain can be acute (starts suddenly and lasts from a few days to a few weeks) or chronic (lasts for three months or longer) but chronic back pain is less common than acute back pain. The signs and symptoms of back pain differ and depend on the type of back pain that one is suffering from. Some of the commonly seen symptoms in all the types of back pain include:
Difficulty or inability to stand straight.
In this type of back pain, the patient will suffer from pain only in the lower part of the body, but this may also be felt on the front, right or left side of the leg. The pain may develop all of a sudden after lifting a heavy object or twisting the back in an awkward way. It may also develop as a result of poor posture for several years. Sometimes, it may also start off without any apparent reason. Patients with lower back pain have reported that the pain was at its worst at night, after sitting in the same position for a really long time and during any activity. Lying on a flat surface for a while may ease the problem.
Upper or middle back pain may occur anywhere starting from the nape of the neck to the bottom of the rib cage. This particular area is referred to as thoracic spine. If you have an injured or trapped nerve on the back behind the rib cage, you may experience pain in other areas of the body as well like the legs, arms and chest. The middle and upper back pain is less common compared with lower back pain because the bones in this particular area are not so flexible as the bones in the neck and lower back. The pain that is accompanied in upper and middle back pain is usually dull, sharp or burning. The muscles may also feel like they are tightening up or becoming stiff. The below symptoms must be dealt with immediate medical attention:
loss of bladder or bowel control.
Pain in the back can be easily because of other reasons other than the ones mentioned above. They include:
If you experience acute back pain, do not hesitate to consult a doctor because the sooner the better, lest you regret it for the rest of your life.
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