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6 Types of Back Pain that Mean You Should See Your Chiropractor

Occasional aches and pains are a part of life. Unfortunately, many suffer from chronic pain that makes people miserable and limits their ability to do the things they love.

One of the most common areas of chronic pain is the back. More than 16 million suffer from chronic back pain. However, there are a lot of different types of back pain, and they all could occur for different reasons.

Many potential causes of back pain can be quite serious and may mean that it’s time to see a chiropractor. We’ll talk about some of those pains and what they could mean in this article.

1. Non-Specific

Not all chronic back pain is permanent, and it’s not always easy to diagnose. That type of back pain is known as non-specific.

Non-specific back pain may not follow any pattern. It may improve a bit depending on your position and posture. Keep in mind that position or posture will never be the cause of chronic pain, though they may result in short-term pain.

Non-specific pain may also be sudden or gradual. It could even come at a time of emotional stress or heavy lifting. In this case, it may be a muscle strain or a similar issue. This will often show signs of improvement within a few weeks.

Chronic pain is often thought of as lasting at least 3 months, so non-specific pain is often not chronic, but it has happened. Chronic or not, though, a chiropractor can help you manage your pain.

2. Mechanical Pain

Also known as axial pain, mechanical pain is a type of pain that occurs in connection with the skeletal system. It often occurs around bones, the spine, or even joints.

While a lot of mechanical pain turns out to be short-term and doesn’t cause any permanent damage, it can be caused by more serious conditions.

A long list of conditions have been linked to mechanical back pain, including slipped disk, broken vertebrae, and degenerative spinal diseases, among other things. If you have mechanical back pain that doesn’t seem to improve with time, visit a doctor, and a chiropractor.

We suggest you visit a doctor first so they can diagnose you. Chiropractors can help with various ailments, but they’re not going to be able to help if, for instance, you have a degenerative issue.

3. Radicular Pain

Radicular pain comes in the form of sharp pain that travels from the back to the legs. It goes down the spine because it’s usually caused by a spinal issue.

The basic cause is that the root of a nerve has been damaged or injured in some way, which can happen in many ways.

Degenerative disc conditions cause radicular pain. Other causes include recent back surgery and issues related to diabetes.

If your problems are disc-related you may need surgery, such as the removal of a damaged disk.

The good news is that your chances of getting a degenerative disc issue, diabetes, or any number of other things can be reduced by living a healthy lifestyle.

Radicular pain is often called sciatic nerve pain, but that’s not always true. Sciatic and radicular pain can occur together, and often do, but they’re not the same. Technically, sciatic nerve pain is a form of radicular pain, but not all radicular pain is sciatic.

One of the biggest risks with radicular nerve pain is that the pain can increase your risk of falling. This can be especially dangerous for the elderly.

4. Sciatic Nerve Pain

We’ve mentioned that radicular pain is not always sciatic nerve pain, but this leaves us with the question of what sciatic nerve pain is. Sciatic nerve pain starts in the lower back and carries down into the legs.

The big difference is that pain is not the only symptom of sciatic problems. Sciatic pain is sometimes accompanied by numbness and tingling.

Factors that can increase your chances of getting sciatic nerve pain include physical labor, a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, diabetes, and age. The good news is that it’s treatable and may even disappear on its own.

One of the most effective treatments for sciatic pain is to visit a chiropractor. However, you may need to go to a hospital under certain circumstances.

If your sciatic pain started after a serious injury, you should see a doctor to make sure they didn’t miss anything. Also, if you become numb, struggle to hold weight on your leg or lose bladder control, see a doctor.

Your doctor will usually use MRIs, X-rays, and other tests and scans to diagnose your condition.

5. Inflammatory Pain

Inflammatory pain is a type of back pain that commonly starts at a young age. The pain is chronic and aggravated by a lack of movement.

Oftentimes, inflammatory pain can be eased a bit by exercising. N-SAID pain relievers are also effective.

In some cases, inflammatory pain may be a result of spondylitis, a condition in which certain vertebrae become inflamed. In one strain, known as ankylosing spondylitis, they can even fuse together.

Consult with your doctor if you think you have spondylitis.

Types of Back Pain and What Causes them

Back pain is one of the most widespread and expensive medical issues in the country. Although the pain is often temporary, a person can develop chronic back pain.

We’ve spoken about a few different types of chronic back pain in this article, but there are others out there. We encourage you to do more research on your own if you’re curious.

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