COLD LASER THERAPY

Back Pain & You… You Can’t Escape It…

Robbie Adams June 14th 2018

Back Pain

Back Pain

There are two kinds of people in this world? Those with back pain, and those who will get back pain. Back problems, like death and taxes, will occur at some point in your life. Ever since the dawn of humanity were we started walking upright on our back legs, we were destined to experience some form of back pain. However there is hope. Your body has actually compensated for this upright posture over time! However with occasional overuse or abuse you can ‘throw out your back.’ We have all been there a few times it’s safe to say. It’s a painful situation we all wish we could avoid.

Back Pain

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE PHYSICS…

To understand the most common form of back pain, or as we call it **myofascial pain, a short lesson in physics and levers is in order.

Your body is like a teeter totter. The spine is the axis and the muscles in your back are balancing your weight in your front. The back muscles must exert a constant force or contraction to hold you upright and counterbalance your front load. (Stomach and anything else you carry.)

Teeter Totter

If you carry objects in front of you, the more weight or the greater distance in front of you will increase the force your back muscles must exert. Lifting with bent knees and a straight back is crucial in the prevention of lower back injury. It’s why we are told by health care professionals to always follow that procedure when lifting objects… Especially heavy objects!

Lifting a box

INFLAMMATORY OR MECHANICAL BACK PAIN:

(There is a difference… Which one do you have?)

MECHANICAL BACK PAIN : For some people, back pain is caused by injuries, slipped discs, worn out joints, muscle and ligament strain. This is known as mechanical back pain, and can happen at any age.

Back Pain

INFLAMMATORY BACK PAIN: Other people suffer from inflammatory back pain, which develops gradually and lasts longer than 3 months. Inflammatory back pain usually starts at a young age (<40 years old).

Burning Red Pain in back

Symptoms of mechanical back pain include:

  • Pain
  • Muscle tension
  • Muscle stiffness
  • Weakness in your legs or feet
  • A tingling or burning feeling that can travel down into the buttocks and legs

Burning back Pain

Symptoms of inflammatory back pain include:

  • Alternates from one side of the buttocks and /or lower back to the other side
  • Pain or tenderness in areas where your tendons and ligaments join to your bones, like your heels, knees and ribs
  • Loss of movement or increased stiffness in your hips or lower back
  • Pain or tenderness on either side of your pelvis (known as the **sacroiliac joints)

Back of a woman who has a sore spine.

How Does This Happen?

MECHANICAL BACK PAIN

  • Physical stress or pressure on the vertebrae, ligaments or muscles in the back
  • Injury, infection or trauma to the back

Sport Injury Play Goft, Muscle Injury Concept.

INFLAMMATORY BACK PAIN

  • Inflammatory back pain is rooted in group of conditions called **Spondyloarthritis
  • With these conditions, the immune system over-reacts and inflames healthy tissues in the body

spondyloarthristis

IS YOUR BACK PAIN MOSTLY INFLAMMATORY OR IS IT MOSTLY MECHANICAL?

It’s important to find out as soon as possible if some of your back pain is being caused by inflammation to avoid lasting damage to your back as numerous studies have shown that the longer a person waits for a proper diagnosis about this condition, the harder it will be to treat. There are different types of treatments available to help relieve pain, and help alleviate symptoms of back pain. Always consult a healthcare professional or your family doctor before starting any treatment program.

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**Myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) is a fancy way to describe muscle pain. It refers to pain and inflammation in the body’s soft tissues.

**Spondyloarthritis is an umbrella term for inflammatory diseases that involve both the joints and the entheses (the sites where the ligaments and tendons attach to the bones). The most common of these diseases is ankylosing spondylitis.

** The sacroiliac joint or SI joint (SIJ) is the joint between the sacrum and the ilium bones of the pelvis, which are connected by strong ligaments.

https://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/spondyloarthritis/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sacroiliac_joint

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