Back pain is one of the most common types of body pains, and chances are that you will experience some form of back pain in your lifetime. Statistically speaking, over 80% of adults experience some form of back pain. Depending on the severity of your pain, the side effects range from discomfort to loss of productivity and can even lower your standard of living. Luckily there are many over-the-counter medications you can take to help ease your mild to moderate back pains and prescription medication for more severe issues. When it comes to over the counter medications, it is not a one pill cures all approach. There is a possibility of choosing the wrong type of back pain medication, which could lead to ineffective treatment and possible complications.  

To avoid choosing the incorrect medication, you should familiarize yourself with the 5 most common types of back pain. Below we have highlighted each type.

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain is by far the most common type of back pain. It is caused by sustaining an injury to the muscles or ligament around your lower back. Individuals that constantly lift heavy items for work, or standing for prolonged periods of time tend to suffer from lower back pains. This is normally caused by improper lifting techniques and poor posture. If you fall into this category, we suggest scheduling regular sessions with a physiotherapist, to help strengthen your lower back muscles and work on proper techniques for lifting and standing comfortably.

Inflammatory Back Pain

Inflammatory back pain is caused by inflammation in the spinal joints. A potential cause of inflammation in between your joints is ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis that leads to back stiffness. Even though ankylosing spondylitis isn’t extremely common, it can affect individuals of all ages from adolescents to adults. It is also known to affect males two to three times more than females.

Neurogenic Claudication

Neurogenic Claudication is a type of back pain that affects older individuals. This type of back pain is mostly felt when walking or standing. This could slow a person’s walking pace or reduce how long one is able to stand. Physiotherapists suggest that those with neurogenic claudication should sit and rest for regular intervals to alleviate the pain.

Static Back Pain

Static back pain, also known as Sciatica usually affects your lower back, buttocks, and even your legs. This type of back pain usually starts with a herniated disk in your lumbar. Because the pain spreads out the nervous system surrounding the herniated disk, it is quite often difficult to pinpoint where it is originating and can be misdiagnosed.

Abrupt Back Pain

Sometimes you can’t tell why your back is hurting and even where the pain came from. You can just wake up in the morning, after a good night’s rest, and you are greeted with back pain. This exact scenario is common and experienced more as you age. Scheduling a few physiotherapy sessions will help alleviate the pain, and help with building a regiment to reduce these flare-ups from happening. 

Back pain could be caused by a number of reasons and can be treated in different ways. A quick Google search proves this. However, booking regular sessions with a physical therapist will help with not only relieving your current pain but with building a routine that will help prevent these pains from coming back in the future.