You could be at risk of developing a back injury, whether your lifestyle is very active or very sedentary. Today, we at Revelation Chiropractic would like to discuss most common back injuries and their symptoms.
Most Common Back Injuries
The most common back injuries, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS), include the following list below.
Muscle Sprains & Strains. While a strain is an injury to the tendon or the muscle itself, a sprain is an injury to the ligament. They impact different parts of your back, though these conditions may sound similar. There are similar risk factors shared with both strains and sprains. When someone pushes themselves too hard, these typically occur. Such examples include:
– lifting heavy objects improperly or trying to lift more than you are capable of.
– For extended periods of time, you play an intense sport.
– Especially if the job requires stressful, repetitive motions, without taking sufficient breaks at work.
– Turning around or twisting too quickly.
Herniated Discs. When one of the soft, cushioning layers between your vertebrae either breaks or slips out of place, a herniated disc occurs. After an acute injury or after years of gradual wear and tear on your back, you may develop a herniation.
Keeping the bones from grinding together or putting pressure on a nerve, it sits directly between the vertebrae when a disc is healthy. With other parts of the spine, a herniated disc causes the bones to come into direct contact. Painful symptoms are likely experienced with a herniated disc.
Bone Fractures. A fracture, also called a broken bone, occurs when the bone is hit with such force that it cracks. Including the vertebrae in your back, any of your bones can fracture. Anyone can develop such an injury if subjected to a sufficiently traumatic event while people with weaker bones (like those with advanced arthritis) are at greater risk of fracturing.
What are the Red Flags for Back Pain?
Depending on what kind of injury you suffered, you will feel different symptoms, and symptoms in different locations. Below are common back injury symptoms:
Symptoms get worse at certain times of the day or during certain activities, like standing up, for some patients. They may shoot outward into other body parts, and symptoms may be localized, such as the leg or the hip. Either due to an injury or something else 80% of Americans will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives, as you may suffer an injury at any point in your back. You may suffer an injury at any point in your back and the areas include:
The lower back: This is the area includes your tailbone up to the bottom of your ribcage.
The middle back: Most of your back is encompassed with your middle back, from the bottom of your ribs to the base of your neck.
The upper back and neck: This part of your spine includes the bones in your neck all the way up to the base of your skull, also called the cervical region.