Back pain is a common complaint, especially as we age. The gap between our disc becomes smaller, inflammation can set in, and we can always strain or pull a muscle in our back, as well. So what are the most common causes of back pain, and how can we fight it? Well, there are more than a few, but let’s look at the three most common causes!
1. Strained or Pulled Muscle
A strain can easily happen in our backs if you twist, turn, or even lift something the wrong way. This can be a painful experience and last longer than you would think a pulled muscle would bother you. However, the good news is some heat and over the counter medicine will likely be more than enough to get you through this temporary discomfort as your body heals.
Inflammation in the back can be caused by many things like arthritis, Facet Joint Syndrome, herniated disc, and much more. This inflammation leads to irritation and pain in the area–it can also cause your back to become stiff and harder to move.
3. Herniated Disc
A herniated disc is a fragment of the disc nucleus that is pushed out of the annulus into the spinal canal. It is more common as we age but can occur at any age; herniated discs are usually caused by straining your back when lifting something improperly. Luckily, herniated discs usually resolve themselves over time and may just require over the counter pain medicine to deal with symptoms.
Back pain can be completely debilitating and hard to live with.
Luckily with modern medicine and innovative treatments, like we offer here at the offices of Dr. Darryl Robinson in OKC, back pain can be a thing of the past. Call now to see if any of these or other options could be right for you!