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Back Pain And Sciatica

Jan 29, 2008
When you stop and realize that the human spine runs all the way from base of the skull into the pelvic area, it is not surprising that many of us will experience back pain at point in our life. Studying the structure of the spine will help us better understand sciatica pain and how that pain can be managed.


Sciatica is pain that begins in the lower area of the back and continues all the way down into the leg. The condition is usually the result of compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve. Most patients can achieve relief from the pain by opting for non surgical treatments such as anti-inflammatory medications, curtailing some forms of physical activity, and resting.

Chronic Pain

Pain is considered chronic if it persists for longer than six months and you have failed to relieve that pain by medical or surgical care. Chronic pain often results from a previous injury, from neuropathy, or sciatica.

The method of treatment for chronic pain will vary for each individual. A medical professional must first determine the cause of the pain. There may also be consideration given to benefits allowable by his or her health care provider. Many patients find pain relief in alternative forms of medicine. Medical marijuana, acupuncture, and hypnotherapy have all been proven to successfully treat chronic back pain.

Spinal Stenosis

Stenosis is a disease in which the sufferer experiences narrowing of the spinal canal. People who suffer from stenosis may suffer from low back pain or pain in the buttocks area, or feel pain in the leg and thigh area when they stand or walk. Patients suffering from severe stenosis may suffer from numbness and weakness in their legs. The pain is usually relieved temporarily when the patient sits or rests or changes position relieving the pressure on the spinal cord.

Stenosis is usually confirmed through analysis of a CT scan. This condition must be treated by surgery to widen the spinal canal.

Stiffness And Tightness Of The Back

Stiffness or tightness in the muscles of the neck, back, arms, and legs, is one of the most common types of back pain reported. These sensations are usually caused by some degree of damage to the muscles running through those areas.

Most painful back muscles can be attributed to poor posture. Although this is often simply a bad habit, it can also be a sign of weakness of the muscles surrounding the spine. Often a well designed exercise routine that works the back and abdominal muscles will effectively treat the pain by strengthening the muscles that support the body. It takes strong muscles to support the back and the soft tissues of the stomach, breasts, and torso. After these muscles are strengthened, the patient's posture should improve naturally and the symptoms of tight, stiff muscles should diminish.

Many people suffer some degree of back pain during their lifetime. The causes vary from sciatica to muscle injury to poor posture. By determining the cause of that pain you will determine the preferred method of treatment.
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