Apart from being one of the leading reasons for doctor’s visits, back pain is a growing silent pandemic that everyone around the globe is getting affected by irrespective of age, gender, and profession. This problem has affected everyone, factory workers, corporate employees, nurses, and the homemakers who work around the clock. It is widespread in adults today; around 23% suffer from the same, and at least 11% to 23% of them will experience back pain at least once in their lifetime. It is disheartening when you can’t do everyday things like sitting on the floor, bending over, or even standing for too long as it becomes a problem with any back ailment.
Though every second person today suffers from back pain, there can’t be one size that fits all types of pain. It can be radiating, stabbing, stinging, dull, burning, or searing pain. Sometimes the pain is so much that the muscles around the afflicted area may start hurting too. The pain can strike anywhere along the spine or nearby muscles, and its frequency and intensity might vary considerably. Back pain is chronic or acute, depending on the duration of the discomfort. It should last for at least a day and can extend up to a few weeks to be acute, and if the pain and discomfort persist over 12 weeks, we can call it chronic pain.
There are two significant kinds of pain that you may experience, one is mechanical, and the other is radicular pain. Mechanical pain originates in and around the spine and is generally caused by muscles, ligaments, joints, or bones. This pain usually confines the lower back, buttock, and upper leg area. Radicular pain primarily occurs if a spinal root nerve is inflamed or impinged. The sensation of this kind of pain is sharp and electric.