Types of Back Pain What should I do about my Back Pain?

Most Americans have some back discom­fort in their lifetime. Most often back pain is caused by a muscle or ligament strain or spasm, a disk problem, spondylosis, or stenosis. Stress can also be a factor. Prolapsed disc also known as a herniated disc can produce severe back pain. Many prolapsed discs can repair themselves with adequate treatment, time and rest. In addition to medications and surgery, physicians sometimes inject steroids to shrink the disc. Spondylosis is sometimes referred to as degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthri­tis of the spine and it produces back pain and ten­derness caused by overuse, injury or aging. Lumbar stenosis, a constriction or narrowing of the spine caused by arthritic changes or ge­netics, results in pain in the buttock, thigh, and calf associated with movement. Sciatica, nerve inflammation or compression of a nerve root in the lower back leads to radiating sensation from the back through the buttock and leg. Tin­gling, numbness, or muscle weakness may be present. Good posture while sitting, lying, lift­ing or exercising is often the best way to pre­vent back problems. Exercise, stretching, and strength training can make your arms, legs, and back stronger, thus relieving back pain. Weight loss is important as extra pounds stored in the abdomen put stress on your lower back. Physicians typically recommend conservative care, manipulation and physical therapy for simple back pain. Sometimes medications such as aspirin, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, are indicated and rarely steroid injections, or surgery. Consult your medical provider for persistent back pain, pain that travels to the arms or legs or if experiencing loss of bladder & bowel control.Man With Back Pain

One Response to Types of Back Pain

  1. Hi Dr. Johnson.
    Just wanted to say congrats on the new website. As someone who joined the ranks of chronic pain sufferers a year ago when I had an accident at my job….there is a great need for a site such as this. I have a great pain medication doctor, but was interested in knowing if my dietary choices & supplements are on the right path. I don’t take pain meds and my Naprosyn I took at the beginning doesn’t work anymore. But I’m hopeful with all the exercise, etc. I do….I can be the best I can be. I didn’t know about some anti-inflammatory minerals so thanks for those lists. My question is….(the pyramid was great)…….the only thing I don’t eat that you suggested are Asian mushrooms in unlimited quantities. Can these me taken in a pill form from one of the better supplement companies? Are mykotaki mushrooms the same thing? (I’ve seen those recommended in pill form). I DO take fish oils, carnitine and others you suggest. Thanks again for everything and good luck with this website and your practice.

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