Chronic Back Pain

Chronic back pain can be very difficult to treat, even more so in cases involving unsuccessful back surgery or neuropathic or Nerve Pain. The pain tends to last a long time, and continues even after physiotherapy and is not relieved by the standard types of medical management.

It may be the result of a an old sports injury long since healed, or the result of arthritis or some form of nerve damage.Usually it is the involuntary, habituated contraction of back muscles which can be induced by emotional issues, ongoing reaction to pain or general stress.

There are two main reasons for chronic pain. These include the physical injury and neurological problems. While physical injuries can be identified and treated effectively, it is often difficult to diagnose neurological problems. Chronic pain can also be a result of certain psychological process.

Chronic pain, being acute and recurring, is debilitating and frustrates the patient by hindering their normal day to day activities. Often, patients of chronic pain suffer even for years with the pain progressing in intensity.

Chronic back pain in the back can be caused due to aging when the elasticity of the muscles and strength of the bone decreases to a great extent. There is no flexibility and fluidity in the discs and therefore the vertebrae is not sufficiently cushioned resulting in Acute Back Pain. Chronic pain can be due to lifting heavy objects and not doing so in a safe way, over stretching, spasm in ligaments or muscles, strain and sprain.

Sometimes, chronic back pain can also be a result of a serious medical problem. It is vital to consult a doctor, identify the cause and start treatment in order to manage and bring the pain under control.

Chronic pain in the back is usually diagnosed with x-rays, electro-diagnostic procedures, magnetic resonance imaging, computerized tomography, bone scans, ultrasound imaging, thermography and discography.

Most of the time this pain can be treated without going in for any surgical procedure. Doctors may prescribe medications to be complemented with ice packs, exercise and bed rest. Effective medications include a combination of over the counter drugs and prescription drugs. Only if none of these methods reduce the pain, doctors advise going in for surgery.

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