Saturday, April 29, 2023
From the Desk of: Robin Wakeham, Physical Therapist
How can you tell if back pain is muscular or something else?
It can be difficult to determine the exact cause of back pain without a proper medical evaluation. However, there are some general indicators that can help determine if the pain is muscular or related to something else:
Muscular back pain often presents as a dull, achy pain in one area of the back. The pain may be related to a specific activity or movement, such as lifting heavy objects, and may be relieved with rest or over-the-counter pain medications. Muscular back pain may also be accompanied by muscle spasms and stiffness.
Non-muscular causes of back pain, such as nerve-related or structural issues, may present with more severe and persistent pain that does not respond well to rest or medication. The pain may radiate to other areas of the body, such as the legs, and may be accompanied by numbness or tingling.
Other symptoms that may indicate a non-muscular cause of back pain include:
• Pain that is worse at night or when lying down
• Pain that is accompanied by fever or chills
• Pain that is associated with weight loss or other unexplained symptoms
• Pain that is associated with bladder or bowel dysfunction
If you are experiencing persistent or severe back pain or any of these additional symptoms, it is important to seek medical evaluation to determine the underlying cause and appropriate treatment.
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