Back problems come in all shapes, sizes, and severities. This includes everything from minor strains and aches to genetic disorders and major injury, and treating back problems requires diagnosing the actual source of the problem itself. The following are just some of the most common back problems.
Herniated discs are particularly common back problems that occur when a disc ruptures in your back, thereby exposing its soft interior. The rupture will irritate the surrounding nerves and can lead to intense pain in your back. The pain can even spread to the arms and legs, impairing movement. Herniated discs are usually caused by a combination of natural wear and tear or unnecessary strain from an improper lifting technique.
Spinal stenosis occurs when the bone channel over the spinal cord or spinal nerves begins to narrow over time. Spinal stenosis can occur in the lower back and lumbar region, resulting in intense leg pain, or around the neck, which could lead to paralysis. Spinal stenosis is a serious issue, and you should discuss your options with a licensed healthcare provider before undergoing treatment.
Similar to herniated discs, sciatica occurs in the lower back when a ruptured disc sends pain into your thighs and legs. Sciatica can be treated very similarly to herniated discs, and as such, you will want to learn more about different therapeutic options to relieve symptoms.
In many cases, healing back problems is a matter of taking a lighter workload and letting your back heal itself with time. Depending on the severity of the pain, however, you may want to consider physical therapy before deciding on a surgical procedure.
There are a number of rehabilitative options available. It is more a question of finding the right licensed therapist and healthcare provider to help manage your treatment plan.