Back Pain Symptoms- What You Should Know

Back Pain Symptoms

Back Pain Symptoms

Back pain symptoms are some of the most common of problems, not just in the Denver Metro area of the U.S. but all around the world. Fortunately, many back pain problems are temporary and are often caused by certain overuse activities that an individual is not used to doing or from injuries or accidents. However, there are symptoms and signs that are caused by serious medical conditions or injuries, and that’s why knowing about the gamut of different back pain symptoms is important.

Many times, back pain can stem from poor posture. Your back muscles tend to receive maximum pressure while you are sitting on chairs that do not give adequate support to your spine – in fact sitting puts about 40% more pressure on your discs than standing. Accidents like sports injuries, say from a fall from riding on Green Mountain Mountain Bike Trail or car accidents near a busy intersection like Hampden and Wadsworth, can also cause back pain problems. Strenuous activities, especially if not conditioned or properly prepared, can also cause the development of back pain. Lifting heavy objects and bending are other activities that also may strain or injure your back.

You should observe and determine the exact location of your pain in order to accurately establish the treatment you may need. Doctors mainly rely on these back pain symptoms when prescribing the proper treatment. You can make it easier for your doctor or chiropractor to correctly diagnose your problem by observing the back pain symptoms  you might be experiencing or the ones that led up to the main problem.

The most common back pain symptoms include pain that starts from the upper back or lower back and some can even radiate down the leg (sciatica). Constant pain and stiffness are often experienced in the neck or lower back.

In order to get the most appropriate medication or back pain treatments, back pain symptoms can be classified as mild, moderate, and severe.

Here are just some of the most common mild symptoms:

  • Mild aches (usually muscular)
  • Sporadic sharp pains that  go away after a few minutes (maybe muscle or joint)
  • A feeling of discomfort on the affected area or to other areas (maybe referred pain from a different area)
  • Pain that usually appears after doing a strenuous activity (overuse, repetitive stress or maybe just healthy fatigue)

Meanwhile, the following are usually present with moderate back pain symptoms:

  • Unceasing aches
  • Very painful and persistent pains that do not seem to go away
  • Presence of numbness or tingling (usually nerve involvement)
  • Pain that is felt all the time (definitely not normal)

Your back pain symptoms are considered severe when the following characteristics are present:

  • Constant aches that get worse
  • Sharp pains felt that are long-lasting, spans multiple ares
  • Pain or discomfort that is felt on the chest, arms or legs, and which radiates from the back
  • A feeling of numbness that does not go away
  • Marked difficulty in doing common daily activities like walking or standing up
  • Inability to stop or start urination or defecation (usually a ‘red flag’ go to emergency room)

If are you experiencing any of the above back pain symptoms, it is highly recommended that you see a doctor immediately so that you will be given the proper treatment, especially if the back pain symptoms are persistent and severe.

These symptoms, no matter how mild or how severe they may be, should not be ignored, because, for one, these symptoms are the only wya your body can talk to you. My advice? LISTEN!

The early diagnosis of back pain problems is important, especially if your back pain seem to worsen each time your bend forward or even when you get radiating pain when you cough. These could indicate a condition known as a herniated disk. This is a very serious condition. Imaging studies such as an MRI and a thorough assessment is usually the best thing to do…right away.

Pay close attention to your back pain symptoms

Observe carefully how your signs and symptoms present themselves. Most importantly, don’t be shy about seeking chiropractic care, even for just the most trivial back pain symptoms as they may be a warning sign of bigger things to come.

Posted from Lakewood, Colorado, United States.

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Ron Spallone


Dr. Ron Spallone, DC is the chiropractic clinic director. His passion is the driving force behind Denver Chiropractor dot com. He's been a Colorado chiropractor for over 15 years.

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5 Comments

  1. March 8, 2011, 12:22 am

    Thanks so much for this, I have been having the symptoms of fibromyalgia for a while now, I had no idea the chiropractors could help with treatment and diagnosis- I will be calling around tomorrow!

  2. Carrie
    March 8, 2011, 12:31 am

    My chiropractor has been amazing with treating my fibromyalgia points, getting adjusted weekly with his emphasis on the pressure points has made a huge difference in all of my symptoms!

    • Dr. Ron Spallone
      March 14, 2011, 1:15 pm

      Cool. One of the reasons I wrote about fibromyalgia tender points is to help people who may think they have symptoms of fibromyalgia. I’m writing now about a fibromyalgia diet. Some of my patients look at me puzzled when they hear the term “Fibromyalgia diet”. It’s an anti-inflammatory diet that usually will decrease a significant amount of musculoskeletal pain in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue patients.

  3. Carol
    April 12, 2011, 10:03 am

    I’m afraid I might be experiencing fibromyalgia syndrome based on those symptoms. Glad I came across your site and learned that chiropractors could help. Thanks for this great info.

  4. Lana
    April 17, 2011, 7:27 am

    Thanks for this information on Fibromyalgia tender points. Looks like I need to see a chiropractor. I’ve searched about it and it seems that I have the symptoms. Having these pains on my neck, arms and upperback.

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