A professional will be able to accurately diagnose your back pain
Back pain is most commonly felt in the lower back. However, back pain isn’t just limited to the lower back. Back pain can be felt anywhere along the spine, from the top of your neck to the coccyx (tail bone) and pelvis. Symptoms vary depending on the extent of the injury. The type of pain can often be described as constant or ‘comes and goes’; sharp, achy or stiff; dull or deep and this can help the practitioner to distinguish between conditions. There may also be referred symptoms elsewhere and this is often described as an extension of the pain down a limb or limbs, pins and needles and/or numbness. This can be due to the nerve exiting the spine being compressed by surrounding structures such as a disc or muscles. Visceral structures (such as the gall bladder and liver) can also refer pain to the back or elsewhere.
Back pain symptoms are classified by their duration. ‘Acute’ means it started within the past 3 months, ‘sub-acute’ between the past 6-12 weeks and ‘chronic’ is anything lasting over 3 months. Whether your symptoms are acute, sub-acute or chronic, the sooner you seek help the better. The body is very good at adapting, so when you’re in pain your body will get you in a position or move in a way that will avoid the pain. However, compensation patterns can lead to problems moving to another part of the body and leave other areas, plus the area where the pain began, susceptible to further injury. Practitioners at the clinic can speed up the recovery and get you functioning better quicker whilst helping you to avoid a relapse.