Back Pain Causes Often Misdiagnosed By Sufferers

Many back pain sufferers claim they know what causes their back pain. However, there could be numerous reasons.

According to the Business Insider, a recent study of 999 patients was done. About two-thirds of sufferers feel the back pain causes is an immediate cause-and-effect, meaning that the injury occurs when the back pain happens. While this can happen on occasion, the back pain causes could be the result of a trauma suffered earlier.

“While acute back pain tends to have a good prognosis and will improve over time, failure to recognize red flags can have significant negative consequences,” said Dr. Scott Forseen, a back pain researcher at Georgia Regents University in Augusta.

Back pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide, occurring in one in every ten patients. Your chances of suffering from any one of the back pain causes increase with age. Most back pain can be alleviated with exercise, medication, heat and/or ice therapy, and in the extreme cases, surgery.

Led by Patricia Parriera from the University of Sidney, her study shows understanding the back pain causes can help sufferers avoid the causes in the future.

The study looked at the amount of times back pain sufferers listed common, established back pain causes, as well as lesser known back pain causes. The study then determined how certain overused or underused actions did trigger the back pain causes.

Newsmax Health is reporting that most of the subjects of the University of Sydney study were over the age of 45 and overweight. Fifty-nine percent of the study participants were male.

The common triggers that researchers asked about were the improper lifting and carrying of heavy or cumbersome loads, vigorous exercise, sexual intercourse, fatigue, or alcohol comsumption. Participants were asked whether the pain was immediate, or did the back pain cause the pain within a 24-hour period.

A typical participant had about six episodes of back pain. The participants also reported the flare-ups lasted about five days, and had an additional two days of recuperation due to pain. During the first 24 hours, most participants listed the pain as severe (about 50 percent) to extremely severe (about 16 percent). The participants also said the back pain causes work to be missed.

However, Dr. Steven Atlas, a quality improvement specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University in Boston., claims that knowing the exact back pain cause is unnecessary.

“The key question is whether such knowledge is actionable,” Atlas said. “Can it lead to changing behavior to prevent future episodes or can it direct treatment that results in quicker resolution of symptoms? For the most part, the answer to both of these questions is no.”

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