Back pain: multiple causes

Slight or intense, persistent or transient, violent, nagging, unbearable…, back pain act as an alarm to signify that something abnormal occurs in the body. The pain sits in the lower back (lumbago), in the neck (neck pain) or, more rarely, in the middle of the back (back pain), the mechanism is identical. Originally, there is […]

Slight or intense, persistent or transient, violent, nagging, unbearable…, back pain act as an alarm to signify that something abnormal occurs in the body.

The pain sits in the lower back (lumbago), in the neck (neck pain) or, more rarely, in the middle of the back (back pain), the mechanism is identical. Originally, there is most often a lesion anatomically of the intervertebral disc, type tear or degeneration, caused or aggravated by carrying heavy loads or repetition of gestures…

Mechanisms of the douleurLa rear part of the intervertebral disc may be damaged and this damage stimulates small nerves spreading painful impulses to the muscles, ligaments and nerves. Neck pain can thus radiate to the shoulder, elbow, hand, or shoulder blades, and lumbar disorders cause pain in the calves…

When this pain persists more than six weeks, it becomes chronic: it is often less lively, but leaves no respite to the one who suffers…

The area most affected: the intense pain, “like a stab” lombairesUne, then a blocking of the lower back characterize acute low back pain, the most common back pain. Located between the 12th rib and the crease of the buttocks, low back pain can be the result of brutal efforts (moving, gardening, earth-moving machinery) and too frequent forced gestures (focus on a patient, lift bed-ridden people, working the arms straight into the air) as found in the professions of caregiver, painter in building or beautician…

Acute low back pain affects slightly more workers and artisans who make repetitive and focus more heavy loads. On the other hand, the risk that this condition turns into chronic low back pain is the same executives and workers. More often, a crack or collapse of the intervertebral discs are the cause of these back pain..

Low back pain, lumbago, and sciatiqueAutre well known pain: one that originates in the lower back and radiates in the buttock or leg. Caused by irritation of one of the roots of the sciatic nerve, it is characteristic… sciatica. There is a continuum between the three, over time. It begins with a low back pain, until the day where occurs the lumbago; the next step is often the sciatica…

As for the herniated disc, it occurs when a disk, crushed between two vertebrae, out of its original position and compresses the nerve root. Very painful, it causes an alteration of the sensitivity of the lower limbs, or even the difficulties to move…

From 40 years: the great Arthrosederniere cause of low back pain: osteoarthritis. This progressive wear of the articular cartilage of the vertebrae causes stiffness and pain that become chronic. Most affected are very curved people, from 40-50 years. Even more so if they are overweight, because this excess fat leads to a melting of the abdominal…

Beyond 60 years, low back pain are more common that one has often problems of discs and osteoarthritis. The main consequence is a narrowing of the lumbar canal (which includes the nerves for the lower limbs, like the sciatic nerves) and a lameness which cause pain from the sciatic nerve to the market, which makes impossible extended walks. The doctors speak of lumbar stenosis syndrome…

Pain cervicalesLes cervical vertebrae are the most vulnerable of the spine. They are designed to support the head, while ensuring its mobility. They are therefore very unsolicited and often abused..

Is osteoarthritis as main cause of pain in the neck, or neck. This degeneration of the cartilage of the joints reduces the mobility of the neck and causes aches and pains that radiate into the arm…

When a major osteoarthritis combined with poor posture of work, before the computer for example, in the most serious cases, it can lead to a narrowing of the spinal canal (where passes the spinal cord) associated with the compression of nerve roots from the spinal cord (myelopathy cervicarthrosique). The person suffers from pain of the neck and the shoulders accompanying an enraidissement and compelling need to urinate desires, then a slight paralysis of the lower limbs…

Attention to the “coup de rabbit” when cervical pain from a disc problem, they are usually consecutive to a trauma like the”rabbit” (cervical herniation). Creases in muscle, caused for example by a too-heavy burden or an excessive effort during the practice of a sport, can also cause a neck pain. Similarly, persistent torticollis sometimes reflects an underlying mechanical pathology, in reaction to a boost of osteoarthritis or a mauled disc…

Also bad positions during sleep or at work as more or less severe cervical pain identified. Back specialists advise against so strongly to sleep face down, tilt the head forward to work on computer, or pinch the phone between your ear and shoulder to take notes during the conversation…

In the middle of the back pain: most raresLes pain relate to the middle of the back up to the root of the neck. Unlike back pain and neck, they are rarely problems osteoarthritis or discs…

To look for something else than a mechanical problem and do a complete and very precise balance. This can be a sign of ankylosing (inflammatory disease of the spine) who wakes up at night, or of serious diseases of other organs (cancer of the pancreas, aneurysms of the aorta…) that cause back pain. It’s rare, but it is…

Monitor the back of his enfantIl is not normal that a child has hurt back. He complains to his doctor. His pain may be related with the intensive practice of sports such as gymnastics, horseback riding, judo or rugby. The lower back is subject to regular constraints which, over time, can crack the back of a vertebra. It can then slide forward (spondylolisthesis). .

Consequence: a very sharp pain that continues, requiring an asset to consolidate the vertebra. In the preteens, according to location of pain and the way in which they occur, the doctor suspectera more ankylosing (inflammatory disease of the spine) or even Scheuermann Disease, frequent abnormality of growth of vertebrates, requiring the wearing of a corset in adolescence…

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