What causes back pain?
Back pain can originate from muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in your spine. This type of pain can be chronic or can occur suddenly, can be constant or intermittent, dull or sharp, and may or may not radiate into your arms and hands, or down your legs. There may exist alongside your back pain other sensations such as weakness, burning, numbness, or tingling. The area of your back most at risk to injury is your low back, because it has the greatest curve and supports much of your body's weight. The most common cause of back pain is improper lifting or a sudden, awkward movement. Risk factors for this pain include:
- arthritis (especially spondylosis, which is osteoarthritis of your spine)
- herniated disc (see sciatica)
- muscle imbalance (from inactivity or bed rest)
- tumor or infection of the spine
The medication your doctor will prescribe will depend on the underlying cause of your pain. Muscle relaxants are beneficial in the short term for acute back pain, as are anti-inflammatories and pain relievers. However, long-term, overuse of these medications can lead to liver or kidney problems. Surgery may be beneficial for some, often as a last resort.
How can natural medicine treat back pain?
Natural health care is a great complement for treating and preventing back pain. Osteopathy is a very gentle and often very effective method of approaching back issues, while chiropractic treatment has long been known to be good for back health. Acupuncture and TCM can relieve you of your pain, as can massage therapy. Physiotherapy is excellent for strengthening your core muscles and preventing further injury.
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