Back Pain – Not As Simple As it Seems

The commonest assumption that most people make when they have back pain is that it is simply due to a strain of some sort affecting either the muscles or the nerves in the back; but things may not be quite as straightforward as they seem. On occasion though, back pain may be a sign that there is something more serious at the cause and while there is no need for undue concern it is as well to get things checked out by a qualified medical practitioner.

Careful attention should always be given where incontinence of the bowel and/or bladder is in evidence or where the individual is aware of a steady deterioration in the strength of their legs to the point where walking and standing become impaired; these symptoms may be the sign that there is a more serious underlying problem.

On occasion, instances may be such that the pain is so severe that sleep becomes disturbed to the point where it becomes well nigh impossible without resorting to increasing amounts of over-the-counter medications; this is a sign that something needs urgent and qualified attention. Sometimes this lack of restful sleep may bring with it other unwelcome symptoms such as feverishness or sudden weight loss and may also indicate a serious underlying medical condition and, once again, this will require proper investigation.

A very common cause of back pain often occurs after the individual has experienced some sort of accident such as a fall or, say, a road accident where the most obvious explanation is that there is a broken or dislocated bone; this will be normally very easily diagnosed and relatively straightforward treatment prescribed.

Often, individuals with serious underlying conditions such as myeloma or, particularly in the older individual, osteoporosis have an increased risk of spinal fracture, and this will again need to be tended to without delay if the problem is not to deteriorate.

Finally, there a number instances where cancer can be at the root cause of back pain, particularly, but not limited to, lung, breast and prostate cancer. It can occur in these cases that the cancer has metastasised or spread to the spine and this will need urgent attention.

In most cases, back pain is not as serious as the causes mentioned above and will not need medical treatment. Most instances of back pain are non-progressive and arise from inflammation which respond well to a short course of steroids or careful massage and will normally be over within a matter of a few weeks.

The key thing to remember with backpain is, if at all concerned, seek the attention of a qualified medical practitioner to get an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Ken Lewis, a former CEO of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, has practised as an alternative therapist since 1991 during which time he has helped many with a wide range of problems. He particularly focuses on the endorsement of methods proven to be effective in alleviating both physical and psychological issues. For further effective help in curing your back pain, go to

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