Helpline: Back Injuries - Pain Community, Caregiver Support Group
Back Pain: Types, Causes, and Symptoms
Back pain is common and affects millions of people worldwide each year. Most people experience back pain of sorts, and the symptoms can range from mild to severe. The pain affects the different localized regions of the back, thus being categorized into the following types:
- Lower back pain
- Lower left back pain
- Lower right back pain
- Middle back pain
- Upper back pain
Factors like a car accident, slipped disc in the thoracic spine, heavy lifting, soft tissue injury, sports injuries, and poor posture are the leading causes of back pain. Pain caused by kidney infection and kidney stones can also radiate to your back. Most such cases cause sided back pain. Consultation with a spine doctor can help diagnose the condition. If the cause of the pain is a kidney problem, the doctor will refer you to a urologist.
People with any type of back pain, including acute low back pain, should seek medical attention as soon as possible. It is also a good idea to head over to online support groups like ExtendaTouch to ask other individuals who have had a back pain about their experiences. Our group members can even provide you with emotional support and helpful information and advice.
Depending on the type and cause of your back pain and severity of the symptoms, your doctor will recommend different treatment options: prolonged bed rest, certain medications, and physical therapy. In extreme cases, doctors advise surgical intervention.
Living with back injuries is physically, mentally, and emotionally painful. You will need medical treatment and emotional support, as well. ExtendaTouch members who have had back injuries can help you recuperate emotionally. They can lift your spirit, share their stories, and give you ideas and information to cope with the condition.