WHAT IS BACK PAIN?
Back pain is one of the most common causes of disability worldwide. Back pain is a general term that refers to pain anywhere along the spinal column, from the base of the skull to the tailbone. It may include pain in the neck, upper, middle, and lower back.
The spinal column protects the spinal cord, from which nerves extend to the entire body. This is why back injury may cause referred pain to other areas of the body, causing problems like hip pain and limb pain. It may also affect your mobility and organ function.
What are the symptoms of back pain?
Back pain can vary widely from person to person. Your symptoms depend on the root cause of your pain and the type of injury you may have.
Symptoms of back injury include:
- Dull, sharp, or aching pain
- Numbness or tingling in extremities
- Shooting pain into the buttocks, hips, or down the leg
- Localized or generalized back pain
- Stiffness and pain with movement or prolonged standing
Depending on the cause of your back pain, symptoms may extend into the hips, buttocks, shoulders, limbs, and head.