Back Pain



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Back pain, backache or lumbago affecting upper, middle and lower back. Cause and treatment of pain in back with homeopathic remedies and homeopathy treatment for backache.

Back pain or backache is defined as pain or discomfort felt in the upper, middle and lower back, arising from structures in the back like muscles, nerves, bones or ligament.

Backache, pain in back, middle back, lower back, upper back, lumbago. Treatment and cure of back pain.

Back is divided into three major parts – upper, middle and lower. Depending upon the location, back pain is classified as Upper Back Pain (affecting the area of cervical and thoracic spine), Middle Back Pain (affecting the area of dorsal spine), and Lower Back Pain or Lumbago (affecting the area of lumbo-sacral spine).

Lower back pain, or lumbosacral pain, is the commonest type of back pain. Low back pain is also known as lumbago.

The backache is also classified according to the duration and intensity of the pain. Generally three type of back pain are there, acute, sub acute and chronic. Acute lower back pain persists for less than 40-45 days, while chronic lower back pain persists over three months and in-between of these two, pain can be defined as sub acute pain.

The pain in back can also be one sided. Left side back pain or right side back pain commonly occour from a muscular sprain, herniated intervertebral disc, or renal calculi. Other causes of one sided back pain are listed below.

Structure of the Back

The main parts of our back are vertebral column, posterior part of rib cage, scapula and muscles. Our vertebral column or backbone provides support to our body weight. Vertebral column consists of 33 vertebrae. In between vertebras, intervertebral discs are there. Both vertebrae and discs form spinal canal from which, spinal cord passes. Spine also consists of blood vessels, muscles, tendons and ligaments. When all the contents work simultaneously it provides movement to the back.

Classification of Back Pain

Back pain or backache can be divided into acute, sub-acute and chronic.

  • Acute back pain – This kind of pain is usually sudden in onset, short lasting, often for few days or few weeks, usually occours in lower back.
  • Chronic back pain – Long lasting pain which persist for more then 3-4 months; deep, aching dull pain, which may extend to the leg.
  • Backache, which persist in-between can be termed as sub-acute pain.

Causes of Back Pain

  • Diseases of vertebral column – like pott’s spine, tumor, and disk prolapse or herniated intervertebral disk, degenerative disk disease, osteomalacia, osteoporosis, spondylosis.
  • Infection of the spinal cord can cause back pain.
  • Mechanical cause – includes abnormal posture, injury or trauma, extreme obesity, heavy lifting, sleeping on very soft mattresses.
  • Referred pain – of renal calculi, renal tumors, renal tuberculosis, pancreas tumor, diseases related to female genital organs.
  • Metastasis – cancer may spread to the bones like breast cancer, lung cancer and causes back pain.
  • Compression of nerve may occur due to which the part which receives nerve supply from same nerve can become weak. For example, compression of the lumber nerve restricts the upward movement of the big toe.
  • Pain aggravated by movement, prolonged overwork, sitting (but inflammatory pain ameliorated by movement and aggravated by rest).
  • Extension of the pain may occur to the other parts of the body especially to the buttocks, back of thigh, calf muscles.
  • Sharp pain in the neck and back after lifting heavy objects.
  • Difficulty in walking or standing straight due to muscle spasm and stiffness.
  • Vertigo or giddiness may occour when the cervical spine is involved.

Symptoms Associated with Back Pain

  • Compression of nerve may occur due to which the part which receives nerve supply from same nerve can become weak. For example, compression of the lumber nerve restricts the upward movement of the big toe.
  • Pain aggravated by movement, prolonged overwork, sitting (but inflammatory pain ameliorated by movement and aggravated by rest).
  • Extension of the pain may occur to the other parts of the body especially to the buttocks, back of thigh, calf muscles.
  • Sharp pain in the neck and back after lifting heavy objects.
  • Difficulty in walking or standing straight due to muscle spasm and stiffness.
  • Vertigo or giddiness may occour when the cervical spine is involved.

Diagnosis

  • Physical examination - Includes posture, gait, movement, extension of the pain, modalities of the pain, and examination of the related joints like sacroiliac joint.
  • Blood test – Culture examination-for osteomylitis, complete blood count, ESR test.
  • Bone density examination or densitometry - To detect osteoporosis.
  • X-ray spine – To diagnose fracture, decreased bone mass, arthritic changes.
  • CT scan-spine, MRI- To detect nerve compression. It can be done in the condition of long continued pain.
  • Montoux test – To diagnose tuberculosis as it can cause back pain.
  • Bone scan – To detect developing malignant diseases.
  • Urine culture – To diagnoses urinary track infection.

Treatment of Back Pain

Rest should be advised to the patient in the condition of acute back pain. Physiotherapy is often helpful in cases of chronic lumbago. The exact concomitant treatment depends upon the underlying cause and should be done only under the guidance of your doctor.

Homeopathic treatment of back pain

Homeopathy is one of the most popular holistic systems of medicine. The selection of remedy is based upon the theory of individualization and symptoms similarity. This is the only way through which a state of complete health can be regained by removing all the sign and symptoms from which a patient is suffering.

The aim of homeopathy is not only to treat pain in back, but to address its underlying cause and individual susceptibility of the patient. For this patient’s current symptoms, past medical history and family history are taken into account. There are many homeopathic remedies which cover the symptoms of back pain and lumbago and can be selected on the basis of cause, location, sensation, modalities and extension of the pain. For individualized remedy selection and treatment of back pain, the patient should consult a qualified homeopathic doctor in person. Some important homeopathic remedies for the treatment of back pain or lumbago are given below:

  • Rhus tox. – Muscular pain, when pain is relieved by walking and worse at rest or at first motion. There is marked stiffness and warm application gives relief.
  • Brynoia alba. – When the pain is worse on every movement and better by absolute rest and pressure.
  • Hypericum – Excellent remedy for nerve pain especially after surgery or injury.
  • Colocynthis- Pain in the back is so severe that makes patient unable to walk or stand which finally settles down on the upper part of the thigh and buttock. Bending forward often ameliorates.
  • Kali carb. – Lumbosacral backache, pain goes down the back to the legs. Pains, stitching, darting, worse during rest and lying on affected side. Backache and weakness after abortion, labor or profuse menses; while walking feels as if she must give up and lie down.
  • Nux vomica - Backache due to chill, which aggravate in the morning and better from heat. Especially suited to people working for long hours in an air-conditioned office and sitting in a chair for long periods. Irritability is often increased.
  • Arnica mont. – Acute pain after an injury along with sore bruised feeling. Slight touch aggravates.
  • Actea racemosa - Pain in the muscles with intense restlessness and sleeplessness. It is particularly applicable in rheumatism affecting the bellies of the muscles. Another use of this remedy is in the condition known as spinal irritation, it is indicated when upper and lower cervical vertebrae, particularly latter, are sensitive to pressure
  • Gnaphalium. – Sharp cutting pain in anterior cervical nerve, aggravation on lying down and relieved when sitting.
  • Aesculus hip. – For persons with haemorrhoidal tendencies, and who suffer with gastric, bilious or catarrhal troubles. Severe dull backache in lumbo-sacral articulation; more or less constant; affecting sacrum and hips. Back “gives out” during pregnancy, prolapsus, leucorrhoea; when walking or stooping; must sit or lie down. Sensation of heaviness and lameness in back. Paralytic feeling in arms, legs and spine.

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Comments

  1. Rachael Leffman

    March 5, 2011

    Hi – thanks for this it is a great little article which I am sure will be very popular with my friends on facebook. You are doing great work in promoting homeopathy!
    Rachael leffman

    • shahida shuja

      October 24, 2012

      Excellent work on homoeopathy

  2. Varun kumar

    March 5, 2011

    Thanx

  3. Ismail

    June 1, 2011

    Keep up with the good article presented.

  4. rajanmohan

    Rajan k

    June 1, 2011

    very good article

  5. akram siddiqui

    June 2, 2011

    I have L 4 . T2 T3 nerve compressed. Can you please advise me thanks.

  6. Naveen Yadav

    June 2, 2011

    Benefecial for eveyone mainly for students like me

  7. francis fernandes

    francis fernandes

    June 4, 2011

    useful!

  8. nguruprasad

    nitturguruprasad

    June 4, 2011

    thanks for very necessary article; now a days it is very common problem at most 60% of people suffering from back pain. The simplicity of the article makes everyone understands clearly. thanks for the good article

  9. farhat shakil

    June 11, 2011

    A very interesting articles, many of the people are suffering with back pain problems , it may be too much useful for each & every person to diagnose the problems if pain easily….
    i am too fed up by this pain from many years, but getting relief by homeopathy medicine soon……. thanks to you ! may god bless you ….!
    farhat shakil

  10. acharya sridevi

    sridevi

    June 16, 2011

    thankyou very much for your article

  11. Rashid khalid

    September 21, 2011

    Vary informative and good effort on this subject.

  12. kalam

    October 4, 2011

    Thanks for your article. now i am suffering Acut lumbago. i could learn more about this disease.

    thanks a lot
    kalam

  13. Jagan

    November 8, 2011

    Can renal cyst cause lower back pain? MRI reveals diffuse annular disc bulge and ligamentum flavum thickening. There is crushing pain after sneezing or deep gargling. Renal cyst is also noted. Could you please address these symptoms and recommend medicine? Thanks.

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    drqazihomeo

    May 1, 2012

    A very good & informative article, as regards various homeopathic medicines for different types of backache given.

  15. MADNI HOMEO

    December 2, 2012

    IT IS VERY INFORMATIV ARTICLE FOR LUMBAGO,I CAN UNDERSTAND IT BETTER BECAUSE I AM SUFFERING FROM this the LAST 8 YEARS

  16. DR SAGAR MALI

    January 20, 2013

    THIS IS VERY HELP FULL ARTICLE FOR PATIENTS &DOCTOR

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