Demystifying Different Types Of Back Pain

If you fail to address back pain early, it can disrupt your normal lifestyle. Back pain can leave you immobilized and unable to perform daily activities. There are many chiropractic approaches that can be used alongside conventional treatments to address back pain. However, before visiting a chiropractor, it may help familiarize yourself with the different types of back pain.

Neurogenic Claudication 

This condition is also called pseudo-claudication. It is derived from two terms: neurogenic and claudication. Neurogenic means derived from your nervous system, whereas claudication means leg pain or weakness with walking.

The main characteristic of neurogenic claudication is compressed spinal nerves. It is mostly attributed to a narrow spinal canal. This condition is also called spinal stenosis. This narrowing arises because of wear and tear of your lower spine. Other arthritic changes like thickening of ligaments, bulging discs, and overgrowth of bone spurs, can also lead to neurogenic claudication.

The main symptoms of this condition are pain when rising and walking, and weakness or numbness in the legs. Most patients bend forward or lean over something to minimize the leg symptoms.

Inflammatory Back Pain

This is characterized by pain on the sacroiliac joints and axial spine. Inflammatory back pain (IBP) is associated with inflammatory conditions that have peripheral and axial pain symptoms. In many cases, pain is around the lumbar spine, which is the reason you may experience buttock pain.

With this condition, back pain gets worse with immobility. Physical activity and mild exercises can significantly reduce back stiffness and pain. Anti-inflammatory medications like Naproxen and ibuprofen are mostly used to relieve pain.

Flexion Dominant Back Pain

This condition is characterized by injured spinal discs. Your symptoms will get worse when you sit, bend, or lift objects. However, they will improve when you walk or stand for short durations. 

Other symptoms include leg and spine pain, numbness, and leg weakness. You might also have difficulty moving. In many cases, your physician will instruct you to perform directional exercises and stretches to minimize pain and maintain your spine's range of motion.

In Conclusion

Back pain mainly affects people who are obese or those who fail to exercise regularly. In other cases, it is caused by an injury or genetic factors. Some people even experience back pain because of age. 

If you are suffering from back pain, you can try out chiropractic treatment alongside other medical procedures for effective pain relief. The cause of your back pain is usually determined after the practitioner performs several tests. This helps them make the right diagnosis and recommend an appropriate treatment.