Most people will experience some form of back pain sometime in their lives. There are many causes of back pain. The term “back pain” includes lower back pain, middle back pain, upper back pain or low back pain with sciatica. While we know that nerve and muscular problems, degenerative disc disease, and arthritis can result in back pain, patients should understand that back pain is often self inflected and related to a lifetime of bad habits or lifestyles that put them at risk. Repetitive back stress from lifting and twisting at work, accidents, and athletic or sports injuries are all contributors to back pain.
Symptoms of back pain may include chronic stiffness or aching along the entire length of your spine-from neck to tailbone, sharp localized pain in the neck, upper back or lower back that is most noticeable after heavy lifting or strenuous activity, especially sports. Chronic middle or lower back aches are often most bothersome after sitting or standing for long periods of time.
While all of these symptoms are likely to limit your mobility, range of motion and ability to work or participate in sports or other activities, the need for consultation is more urgent if you feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your groin, arms or legs as this may indicate a more serious back injury involving nerves.