Back pain more conditions_symptoms is what you may ask? Well it is what people are googling for when it comes to back pain information. Do you want to know more about back pain more condition_symptoms?
Back pain can occur in different places on your spine and can be displayed in a variety of symptoms. You could be describing back pain when you have actually have a neck pain, upper back pain, lower back pain or even pain around your shoulder blades. So depending on where you back pain is, the condition causing back pain can vary and so can the symptoms of back pain. However, different back pains do share common causes and the symptoms you could feel with the back pain. So today we will look at some of the shared causes and symptoms of the different areas of back pain causing people to search for “back pain more condition_symptom”.
Back Pain, More Causes and Symptoms
As mentioned earlier back pain is usually regarded by a chiropractor meaning the area from your neck to your lower back or coccyx area.
So what are some of the most common causes of back pain for all these areas you may ask. Well let start with the first common shared cause of back pain.
Muscle Spasm or Strain
Did you know that you have roughly 56 different muscles in your back. That means there are a lot of different muscles that you could strain or spasm.
Muscles spasms are different to muscle strains.
A muscle spasm is by definition “a sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles”. This is different from a muscle strain which is by definition “to injure or impair a muscle by overuse or overexertion”.
1. Muscle Spasm
So you can get a muscle spasm because of things like a lack of magnesium or calcium in your system.
You may experience a nocturnal or night leg cramp in your calf. This would be an example of a muscle spasm. The spasm in the muscle occurred not from overloading the muscle tissue, but because of a chemical imbalance in your muscles.
2. Muscle Strain
You would get a muscle strain if you tried to lift a weight too heavy for your muscles and caused a micro-tear in the muscle. This physical trauma to the muscle would then be regarded as a muscle strain, which too could feel like a spasm. This is what a chiropractor would say is a true pulled muscle in your back.
You get different grades of muscle strains. You get Grade 1, Grade 2 and Grade 3 muscle strains. Basically a it means a muscle strain is either mild, moderate or severe. The severe type would be when you actually rupture the muscle all the way through or nearly all the way through, ouch.
3. So is it a Spasm or a Sprain?
So you could, for example, have a pulled a muscle (strained a muscle) in your neck, or upper back & shoulder blade or down in your lower back and hip area. This would happen when you put too much force through the different muscles causing muscle tears. This is not actually that common for you common back pain. It is more likely you have a muscle spasm caused by irritating a nerve in your back which is forcing your body to create a protective muscle spasm to prevent further nerve irritation.
To know which one it is you could ask your chiropractor to examine you or you might even need an ultrasound scan to assess the muscle fibres for any tears.
The easiest way is by how the pain started. If the pain was slow and limiting your movement then a muscle spasm is the more likely cause. If it was sudden with extreme pain or visible bruising on the skin in the area of pain a muscle strain is likely. Pain is the back pain symptom that will occur with both a muscle spasm and muscle strain.
Disc Herniation or Bulge
A intervertebral disc is the material between each vertebrae in your spine. There is an exception where between the skull, C1 and C2 vertebrae at the top of your neck there is no disc.
A disc herniation is most likely to occur in in the neck or cervical spine and the lower back or lumbar spine. A disc herniation between your shoulder blades is highly unlikely due to the limited movement in the area from the rib cage. That is why you will more likely hear people talk about their C6-7 or C5-6 disc in the neck or a L4-5 or L5-S1 disc herniation in their lower back. These are the spinal disc levels that are most likely to fail and herniate or bulge out causing disc pain in the spine.
The cause of a disc herniation or bulge is most likely insidious or slow occurring of no particular event.
This means through years of improper posture or movement in your neck or lower back are the most likely cause. Lifting a weight and suddenly herniating a healthy disc can happen but is not common. Usually a health spinal disc would fail only in high impact traumas like a motor car accident or sport accident like falling and compressing your self.
Disc herniation or bulge symptoms would again share the pain symptom. Remember pain is only a symptom not a cause. If the disc pain is from a C5-6-7 disc herniation you could have local neck pain and lack of movement and even sever pain around the shoulder blade and into the upper arm and forearm.
If the disc pain is from a L4-5-S1 disc herniation you again are likely to have left or right lower back ache and pain down the back of your thigh into your leg down to your calf. This is because disc herniations and bulges cause nerve pain or radiculopathy.
What is a meniscoid you may ask? Meniscoids, are also called synovial folds, & are tiny anatomic structures within the facet (zygapophyseal) joints. A facet joint is the joint either side of a vertebrae where they join together and from where the move. In some people who wake up and crick their necks or give themselves a wry neck a meniscoid entrapment may be the cause of the neck pain.
The pain from a meniscoid entrapment will either be localized or it can refer into the shoulder hip area. There are meniscoid’s from your neck bones to your lower back bones. I would say it is more likely meniscoid entrapments are a problem in the neck area where there is more movement than the lower back
A Problem With An Organ
Lastly there are times when back pain can be a more serious referred pain. Referred pain can be caused by a problem with an internal organ like your gall bladder, stomach, kidney, bladder etc… So it is important that if you have noticed a change in your health recently, or maybe the pain is causing lots of sweating & fever symptoms then you may need to swing by your GP for a check up. There may be a chance that you have a back pain with the source of the problem in an internal body organ causing the referred pain, like in the picture below. A chiropractor would use your health history and the physical examination to try determine the source of your back pain. If the chiropractor thinks it is a internal organ causing your back pain they will also refer you to appropriate medical care.
Here is a picture of where referred pain from an internal body organ would tend to go.