Back pain is a condition that can affect your daily activities. It can be mild, moderate or severe. It can cause discomfort and might be the reason that an individual can’t go to work or miss school. Most people can have back pain at least once.
The good news is you can take measure to prevent or relieve some of the back pain episodes. Simple home treatment and proper body mechanics can heal your back within a few weeks that is if prevention doesn’t work.
The back has a complex interconnected network of nerves, bones, discs tendons and spinal muscles in the lower portion of the spinal cord. Back pain can be caused by a variety of disorders and conditions. These include:
- A degenerating intervertebral disc can cause pain. Examples include: osteoarthritis, spinal stenosis or from a compression fracture
- Damage to the bones, ligaments or joints in the back
- The back muscles or erector spinae may have been strained
- Irritated smaller nerves that are located in the lower back
- Irritated large nerve roots that go to the legs and are located at the lower back
When irritation, pressure or strain occurs on your back, it can cause back pain. It can be usually resolved with proper self-care and home treatment. However, there are rare instances that it could be a telltale sign of a serious medical condition. If your back pain causes you to have bladder or bowel concerns, you’re having a fever, or if your back is the result of a fall or accident it is strongly advised to visit your doctor.
Signs and symptoms of a low back pain include:
- Severe muscle spasms
- Pain that is present in the groin, buttocks or upper thigh, but won’t go lower below the knee
- Achy and dull pain
- Moving and standing with difficulty due to severe pain
If you think you are suffering from Back Pain you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Back Pain as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).