Saturday, November 22, 2008

Alternative Medicine and Back Pain(1)


Truely, back pain also known dorsalgia, is pain felt in the back that usually originates from the muscles, nerves, bones, joints or other structures in the spine. Back pain is one of humanitys most frequent complaints. It can be a sign of a serious medical problem, although this is not most frequently the underlying cause.

Typical warning signs of a potentially life threatening problem are bowel or bladder incontinence or progressive weakness in the legs. The back pain that occurs after a trauma, such as a car accident or fall may indicate a bone fracture or other injury. It can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain. Back pain is called chronic if it lasts for more than three months.

Pain

However, pain may have a sudden onset or can be a chronic pain, it can be constant or intermittent, stay in one place or radiate to other areas. The pain may be felt in the neck and might radiate into the arm and hand, in the upper back, or in the low back and might radiate into the leg or foot and may include symptoms other than pain, such as weakness, numbness or tingling.

Nevertheless, a few observational studies suggest that two conditions to which back pain is often attributed, lumbar disc herniation and degenerative disc disease may not be more prevalent among those in pain than among the general population and that the mechanisms by which these conditions might cause pain are not known.

Spine

Meanwhile, the spine is a complex interconnecting network of nerves, joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments and all are capable of producing pain. Large nerves that originate in the spine and go to the legs and arms can make pain radiate to the extremities. The relationship between the magnetic resonance imaging appearance of the lumbar spine and low back pain, age and occupation in males.

Magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine in people without back pain. However, arthritis can affect any joint in the body, including the small joints of the spine. Arthritis of the spine can cause back pain with movement. If the spine becomes unstable enough, back pain can become a problem.

Treatment

However, treatment of acute back pain is short term and usually successful. Treatment is then based on avoiding postures or movements that aggravate symptoms, as well as performing or adhering to postures to assist in symptom reduction. Once you have a diagnosis for your back pain or radiating leg pain, you should carefully review your treatment options.

Not all treatments work for all conditions or for all individuals with the same condition and many find that they need to try several treatment options to determine what works best for them. The present stage of the condition acute or chronic is also a determining factor in the choice of treatment.

Obinna Heche: Los Angeles, California

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