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Apr. 12 2019 Published by: Dr. Craig Singer

Understanding Different Types of Lower Back Pain

Understanding Different Types of Lower Back Pain

If you struggle with lower back pain, you are not alone. Approximately 80% of adults experience some degree of lower back pain at some point in their lifetimes, and over 25% of adults say that they’ve experience lower back pain in the last three months.

What causes back pain?

Below, we’re going to discuss the reasons that people might experience different types of back pain, and what your lower back pain symptoms may mean. If you are experiencing severe back pain, neurological symptoms, or have had mild to moderate back pain for more than 12 weeks, it’s time to get checked out by a professional.

Remember, everyone experiences back pain differently, and the intensity of back pain is different for every person. For example, one person may have a herniated disc and experience no symptoms, while another may have a simple muscle strain that causes excruciating pain. In some conditions, the pain can flare up occasionally and then improve, only to flare back up a few weeks or months later.

What Causes Lower Back Pain

Your spine is an amazingly complex piece of organic machinery, with many overlapping and connected structures that are capable of causing back pain. Worse, the spine is also prone to injuries such as twisting, sudden jolts, and chronic stresses such as sitting too much and having poor posture.

Anatomically, there are several common causes of lower back pain:

  • The large nerve roots running to the arms and legs may become irritated
  • Irritation of the smaller nerves in the discs
  • Strains and sprains in the back muscles that support the spine
  • Injuries to the bones, ligaments, and joints in the spine
  • Damage to the discs (for example, a herniated disc), which puts pressure on spinal nerves

The underlying cause of an individual’s back pain can be difficult to identify, in large part due to the many overlapping structures we mentioned above, which can make it incredibly hard for your brain to distinguish the pain’s origin. For example, a muscle injury such as a sprain or strain may feel identical to a herniated disc.

When you begin any kind of treatment for back pain, your provider will ask you a series of questions about the history and nature of the pain, and will likely conduct diagnostic tests such as x-rays or MRI scans to identify the underlying injury or condition responsible for your back pain.

How You Experience Lower Back Pain Matters

The way that you experience back pain may give insight into what’s causing it. For example, the area of pain, radiating pain into the extremities, and any other related symptoms can be clues as to the pain’s origins.

There are several common classifications of back pain, including:

  • Axial pain. Also known as mechanical pain, axial pain may be sharp or dull, constant or intermittent. Muscle strains and sprains are common causes of axial pain. Therefore, you may experience axial pain after an injury or stress to your back.
  • Referred pain. This pain is generally dull or achy, and tends to move around to different places and vary in intensity. Degenerative disc disease is a common cause of referred pain.
  • Radicular pain. This is a deep and searing pain that follows the path of a nerve from the spine to the arms and legs. It may also be accompanied by weakness or numbness in the extremity. This is often caused by compression, inflammation, or injury to a spinal nerve root.
Fort Lauderdale Low Back Pain Treatment

For persistent or severe back pain, and any neurological symptoms, it is important to see a spine specialist for a diagnosis and potential treatment options. Ultimately, any treatment will be most successful if you’re well-informed of what’s causing your back pain, and are proactively involved in the decision-making process.

About the Author:

Dr. Singer has been a practicing chiropractor for more than 20 years, and USA Health & Therapy has been around since 2004. Over the course of his career, Singer has helped tens of thousands of people with all kinds of issues by using a wide variety of treatment strategies. He has extensive knowledge of chiropractic modalities, including Gonstead, Diversified, Thompson Drop Table, and Activator, and in 1997 he earned a special adjunctive Chiropractic Certification in Spinal Trauma (CCST) to better provide care for car crash victims. Dr. Singer is licensed to practice chiropractic medicine in both Florida and New York.

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  • " Dr. Singer is genuine, upfront and to the point about his services. Always professional and probably one of the best chiropractors I've ever been too. "
    - Robert Harris
  • " Dr. Craig Singer is one of the best doctors! His first priority is to help people, this is real, and you start feeling it from your first visit. And of course, he is very professional. Besides that he has a very good personality. I keep recommending him to all my friends "
    - Vito L
  • " Have been adjusted by over 50 chiros in my life and Dr Craig is right up there with the best. His method of relaxing each client (hydro-jet-bed then massage) before the adjustment really helps. There is also a physical therapist with his own therapy room to help get your range of motion back like he did for me. VERY REASONABLE pricing and VERY flexible hours SO PLEASE be nice and try to avoid his lunch hour so he and his staff can eat because the poor guy refuses to say no. "
    - Bill Clark
  • " Hands of gold, and a personality to match. Gentle, even tempered get's the job done EVERY TIME. A DOCTOR'S DOCTOR. "
    - James W
  • " I am an avid cyclist. I was referred to see Dr. Singer by another triathlete. He has these great stim and muscle relaxation machines as well as a massage therapist to get you ready for the spine manipulation. This guy is first class folks. You will not be disappointed. Also he is the fairest around on what he charges for his services. The best! "
    - Bruce Keno
  • " Great place to go to get a massage. Very professional and treats every part that is aching. I would go again, if I can weekly! That's how good they are! "
    - Yasmin Tassara Miyashiro
  • " Come as a patient & leave like family!! You'd be crazy to go somewhere else. Facility: Clean at all times! Customer Service: Professional and Rare Results: (I'M DOING BACK FLIPS NOW) HAHA Definitely will exceed your expectations. THANK YOU DR. SINGER , NADINE AND ALEX! "
    - Geraldine P
Can a Pillow Really Help with Neck Pain?

Pain in the neck? You’re not alone.

Millions complain that they suffer from neck plain every year, and there are nearly as many reasons why. What’s the same in every case is that relief can’t come soon enough.

When it comes to the overnight component of getting the relief you need, Harvard Medical School says it boils down to one thing: awareness of sleeping positions and proper pillows. So, the question then isn’t “Cana pillow help with neck pain?” but “Which pillow will help relieve mine?

Your Pillow’s Purpose

The root cause of most neck pain is strain in some part of the head-neck mechanism. Thinking of the natural position in which you should normally hold your head while awake, it makes sense that the central concept is to maintain the elevation of your head so that it is centered over your neck, and that your neck should be centered over your shoulders in the same way while lying down.

What may go unnoticed is whether you have provided the necessary support within the space between your neck and the bed that arches over the contact points of the head, upper back, and shoulder areas.

You need to fill that space, and strategically placed pillows made with the proper supportive material can help in both side and back positions. Here are a couple of considerations for selecting pillows of proper height and material for your maximum comfort and support.

Feathers and Down

Are there differences between feather- and down-filled options? Absolutely!

Down comes in clusters of the delicate fluff found nearest to the bird, while feather filling retains its quills. You will always experience a much softer, loftier feel with an all-down option. However, it is more expensive. Moreover, feather pillows easily conform to the empty space to provide neck pain relief.

There are hybrid options available as well.

Another thing to consider is that feathers of any kind are a natural material, breaking down over a relatively short period of time. These pillows, when used nightly, need to be replaced about once a year in order to continue providing the best support possible.

Going for Foam

Foam Pillows for Neck Pain

Great strides have been made in the business of memory foam since its inception in 1966 (under a contract for NASA, in fact). The idea has most recently been adapted from the full body mattress to a pillow, and when you’re unable to fork over the small fortune required for a full-on quality memory foam bed, this can be a great alternative. The point of either product is ergonomic design and support.

When used properly, a memory foam pillow can reduce pain by relieving various pressure points over the head, neck, and shoulder areas. Many people report completely uninterrupted sleep – they don’t even move – through the night after use.

Other Novel Ideas

Water Works. Another therapeutic adaptation of what was originally a “novelty” kind of bed, the water pillow, is a current favorite of physical therapists and many chiropractors. Water automatically conforms around the physical shape of your head, and there is more opportunity to customize since the user can add or remove water for varying height and density. Because water is weightier than other materials, there is also less shifting of the pillow throughout the night.

In-Flight Options. If you’re a business traveler or regularly take longer flights – cross-country or international, say – do yourself a favor and invest in your in-flight travel pillow. Not all horseshoe pillows are created equally. Filling ranges from cotton batting and shredded latex to buckwheat hulls and memory foam.

No Pillow at All

Sometimes having too many pillows is the culprit. It’s been argued that the true perfect sleeping position is with no pillow at all. The idea behind that is essentially you are realigning the spine more perfectly when your head can lay flat against the same surface as your back – preferably your mattress.

We can get behind that, but we still feel a little support in the hollow under your neck can go a long way in reducing (and preventing) neck pain in this sleep position. Whether it’s a small cylindrical pillow or simply a rolled-up hand towel, this may be an option to try.

Ultimately, research suggests the ideal pillow is “soft and with good support for the neck lordosis.” It also says that you should go out, individually test, and specially select what feels right for you.

Fort Lauderdale Neck Pain Treatment

If you have questions about how to make your selection, your chiropractor or medical practitioner can be a wealth of knowledge – just ask.  

 

About the Author:

Dr. Singer has been a practicing chiropractor for more than 20 years, and USA Health & Therapy has been around since 2004. Over the course of his career, Singer has helped tens of thousands of people with all kinds of issues by using a wide variety of treatment strategies. He has extensive knowledge of chiropractic modalities, including Gonstead, Diversified, Thompson Drop Table, and Activator, and in 1997 he earned a special adjunctive Chiropractic Certification in Spinal Trauma (CCST) to better provide care for car crash victims. Dr. Singer is licensed to practice chiropractic medicine in both Florida and New York.

Apr. 12 2019 Published by: Dr. Craig Singer

Understanding Different Types of Lower Back Pain

Understanding Different Types of Lower Back Pain

If you struggle with lower back pain, you are not alone. Approximately 80% of adults experience some degree of lower back pain at some point in their lifetimes, and over 25% of adults say that they’ve experience lower back pain in the last three months.

What causes back pain?

Below, we’re going to discuss the reasons that people might experience different types of back pain, and what your lower back pain symptoms may mean. If you are experiencing severe back pain, neurological symptoms, or have had mild to moderate back pain for more than 12 weeks, it’s time to get checked out by a professional.

Remember, everyone experiences back pain differently, and the intensity of back pain is different for every person. For example, one person may have a herniated disc and experience no symptoms, while another may have a simple muscle strain that causes excruciating pain. In some conditions, the pain can flare up occasionally and then improve, only to flare back up a few weeks or months later.

What Causes Lower Back Pain

Your spine is an amazingly complex piece of organic machinery, with many overlapping and connected structures that are capable of causing back pain. Worse, the spine is also prone to injuries such as twisting, sudden jolts, and chronic stresses such as sitting too much and having poor posture.

Anatomically, there are several common causes of lower back pain:

  • The large nerve roots running to the arms and legs may become irritated
  • Irritation of the smaller nerves in the discs
  • Strains and sprains in the back muscles that support the spine
  • Injuries to the bones, ligaments, and joints in the spine
  • Damage to the discs (for example, a herniated disc), which puts pressure on spinal nerves

The underlying cause of an individual’s back pain can be difficult to identify, in large part due to the many overlapping structures we mentioned above, which can make it incredibly hard for your brain to distinguish the pain’s origin. For example, a muscle injury such as a sprain or strain may feel identical to a herniated disc.

When you begin any kind of treatment for back pain, your provider will ask you a series of questions about the history and nature of the pain, and will likely conduct diagnostic tests such as x-rays or MRI scans to identify the underlying injury or condition responsible for your back pain.

How You Experience Lower Back Pain Matters

The way that you experience back pain may give insight into what’s causing it. For example, the area of pain, radiating pain into the extremities, and any other related symptoms can be clues as to the pain’s origins.

There are several common classifications of back pain, including:

  • Axial pain. Also known as mechanical pain, axial pain may be sharp or dull, constant or intermittent. Muscle strains and sprains are common causes of axial pain. Therefore, you may experience axial pain after an injury or stress to your back.
  • Referred pain. This pain is generally dull or achy, and tends to move around to different places and vary in intensity. Degenerative disc disease is a common cause of referred pain.
  • Radicular pain. This is a deep and searing pain that follows the path of a nerve from the spine to the arms and legs. It may also be accompanied by weakness or numbness in the extremity. This is often caused by compression, inflammation, or injury to a spinal nerve root.
Fort Lauderdale Low Back Pain Treatment

For persistent or severe back pain, and any neurological symptoms, it is important to see a spine specialist for a diagnosis and potential treatment options. Ultimately, any treatment will be most successful if you’re well-informed of what’s causing your back pain, and are proactively involved in the decision-making process.

About the Author:

Dr. Singer has been a practicing chiropractor for more than 20 years, and USA Health & Therapy has been around since 2004. Over the course of his career, Singer has helped tens of thousands of people with all kinds of issues by using a wide variety of treatment strategies. He has extensive knowledge of chiropractic modalities, including Gonstead, Diversified, Thompson Drop Table, and Activator, and in 1997 he earned a special adjunctive Chiropractic Certification in Spinal Trauma (CCST) to better provide care for car crash victims. Dr. Singer is licensed to practice chiropractic medicine in both Florida and New York.

Testimonials
  • " Dr. Singer is genuine, upfront and to the point about his services. Always professional and probably one of the best chiropractors I've ever been too. "
    - Robert Harris
  • " Dr. Craig Singer is one of the best doctors! His first priority is to help people, this is real, and you start feeling it from your first visit. And of course, he is very professional. Besides that he has a very good personality. I keep recommending him to all my friends "
    - Vito L
  • " Have been adjusted by over 50 chiros in my life and Dr Craig is right up there with the best. His method of relaxing each client (hydro-jet-bed then massage) before the adjustment really helps. There is also a physical therapist with his own therapy room to help get your range of motion back like he did for me. VERY REASONABLE pricing and VERY flexible hours SO PLEASE be nice and try to avoid his lunch hour so he and his staff can eat because the poor guy refuses to say no. "
    - Bill Clark
  • " Hands of gold, and a personality to match. Gentle, even tempered get's the job done EVERY TIME. A DOCTOR'S DOCTOR. "
    - James W
  • " I am an avid cyclist. I was referred to see Dr. Singer by another triathlete. He has these great stim and muscle relaxation machines as well as a massage therapist to get you ready for the spine manipulation. This guy is first class folks. You will not be disappointed. Also he is the fairest around on what he charges for his services. The best! "
    - Bruce Keno
  • " Great place to go to get a massage. Very professional and treats every part that is aching. I would go again, if I can weekly! That's how good they are! "
    - Yasmin Tassara Miyashiro
  • " Come as a patient & leave like family!! You'd be crazy to go somewhere else. Facility: Clean at all times! Customer Service: Professional and Rare Results: (I'M DOING BACK FLIPS NOW) HAHA Definitely will exceed your expectations. THANK YOU DR. SINGER , NADINE AND ALEX! "
    - Geraldine P
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