I started experiencing lower back pain after a car accident when I was 13 years old. Being that young, my parents didn’t think I was hurt badly enough to need to see a doctor and that the aches would ease up. Many times people assume that children can bounce back or recover from what appear to be minor injuries and illnesses like falls from a bike or tripping while running but we never know which incident can cause problems later in life. Back pain can have many causes, such as a pulled back muscle, disc problems, arthritis, or sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
What happens is that the pain is dismissed and in a few days the child is back up and running around again unaware that any kind of damage to the back has occurred. That’s one reason why so many people start having back pains in their 30′s and 40′s and nobody knows where it really came from. In cases where there has not been a definitive diagnosis, the next question that should be asked is: How long have you been suffering? How long have they actually been suffering but youth and activity lead them to cover up the pain? Once you start to really think back you realize the number of times when you felt a twinge or ache but dismissed it. As you grow older and experience lifestyle changes that lead to being more sedantary, the pain flareups occur more often. One thing that can help to prolong the onset of back pain issues is if you manage to stay active and in good physical shape. Exercising regularly, avoiding extra weight gain and maintaining muscle mass and strength similiar to when you were in your 20′s can go a long way in delaying back pains. If you aren’t fortunate enough to have stayed in shape or as active as you should have, your pain onset will happen and when it does, your pain will fall into one of two categories.
The first category is acute which indicates a more recent occurrence and the 2nd category is chronic and the pain has been with you for an extended period of time. Remember that what happens to your body when you are younger can have an effect on your body as you grow older. That being said, it should be noted that the two most common reasons for lower back pain are trauma and muscle imbalances.
Once you have identified the cause of your back pains you can work with your doctor and or pain management specialist to devise a regimen for treating your back pains. It’s not always necessary to undergo back surgery to correct your back pain issues. Doing the research and looking back over your entire lifetime can help pinpoint possible scenarios that could have caused trauma to your back and might now be the real source of your current back pains. If there are no sources of trauma, then muscle imbalances should be considered and examining your lifestyle may reveal the cause of your back pain.
Try to determine where your back pains originated and then share this information with the doctors examining you. This could lead them to a more thorough diagnosis and begin you on your way to healing and living with less back pain quicker. Returning to a less pain filled life is the only outcome that can make living with pain tolerable. You deserve to be able to live with pains at a level that hardly affect you at all.
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