Learn About Common Back Problems

There are a lot of ways you can end up with back pain, and there are many types of back pain. If you have hurt your back, you are experiencing pain in your back, or you know you are at risk of back injuries or problems due to things like genetics or the risks associated with your line of work, you should continue on with this article. Here are things you can benefit from understanding about back issues.

A pulled muscle – You can pull a muscle in your back in countless ways. In some cases, a muscle is pulled when someone hurts themselves by doing something like tripping or carrying something heavy. However, pulled muscles can also happen when doing normal everyday things, such as sneezing, reaching for something, and even when you are sleeping for unknown reasons whether you may have moved wrong or just slept in a wrong position. The feeling of a pulled muscle can range from the feeling of stiffness to pain so bad it's hard or even impossible to get comfortable or move.

A pinched nerve – You can get a pinched nerve from having too much pressure put on a nerve in your back from surrounding tissue or even from a disc that has become herniated. A pinched nerve can feel like a sharp pain that aches and even burns. A pinched nerve can also cause pain that radiates to other places and/or that causes the sensation of pins and needles.

Sciatica – Sciatica is when it is your sciatic nerve that is being pinched or encroached upon, and it can cause severe pain to go down your leg, as well as pins and needles. Sciatica can be an ongoing issue that may even need surgery in some cases.

Herniated disk – A herniated disk is when a disk that's located between the vertebrae in your back has a portion of itself bulging through the annulus, which is the tough exterior surrounding the disk. There are many pains that can come with a herniated disk, such as burning, grinding, throbbing, aching, and more.

Degenerative disk disease – This is a condition that causes extra wear and tear on the disks in your back, and this is something that happens to some people naturally as they age. The pains associated with this condition can include burning, grinding, aching, throbbing, and more.


Anytime you have back pain that doesn't go away quickly or that is severe, you should seek medical attention to rule out serious problems and to get proper treatment for whatever is going on.