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Types of Back Injuries

Acute Pain
Acute Pain

Acute low back pain is the first stage of a back injury. But don't worry -- while it's certainly true that chronic pain can develop out of an episode of acute low back pain, with early treatment, it is possible to avoid a long term problem.

Bone Pain
Bone Pain

Bone pain is an extreme tenderness or aching in one or more bones. It’s commonly linked to diseases that affect normal bone function or structure. Find out the various causes of bone pain and other symptoms that may occur that help to determine a diagnosis. We’ll also explain treatment options and prevention methods.

Breakthrough Pain This is a Sudden Pain
Breakthrough Pain This is a Sudden Pain

Breakthrough pain is a type of pain that may occur in those who experience chronic pain. A sudden, intense spike of pain can happen after a sudden movement, coughing, or other activities. Some drugs can help control it, but they bring risks of their own. Find out more about coping with breakthrough pain.

Chronic Pain
Chronic Pain

Doctors often define chronic pain as any pain that lasts for 3 to 6 months or more. Chronic pain can have real effects on your day-to-day life and your mental health. But you and your doctor can work together to treat it.

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Fever
Fever

A fever may be a sign of more serious causes of back pain. The combination of fever and back pain can be worrisome for a patient, since it is one of the patterns doctors look for when ruling out dangerous disorders such as cancer or infection.

Kyphosis
Kyphosis

However, abnormal kyphosis and hyperkyphosis are commonly referred to as kyphosis by the medical community, so in this discussion, the term kyphosis will be used to discuss abnormal kyphosis. In other words, kyphosis is a deformity of the spine of the upper back causing an exaggerated outward curve.

Lordosis
Lordosis

Lumbar Lordosis and Back Pain In this case study, the authors review hyperlordosis as a cause of back pain during pregnancy and discuss best practices for pain management before, during, and after pregnancy.

Nerve Pain
Nerve Pain

Additionally, some types of chemotherapy and radiation may produce nerve pain and nerve damage in certain individuals. Compression/trauma. Anything that results in trauma or compression of nerves can result in nerve pain and nerve damage. This includes pinched nerves in the neck, crush injuries, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Diabetes. Up to 70% of people with diabetes suffer from nerve damage, which becomes more likely as the disease progresses.

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Numbness or Tingling
Numbness or Tingling

The fingers are numb and tingle and may also be painful and change color. Other symptoms include weakness and tiredness, hard patches on the skin that spread, joint pain and digestive problems. Raynaud Disease Causes Numbness and Tingling. This is a disease that affects the circulation in the fingers and toes.

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Phantom Pain
Phantom Pain

Phantom limb pain and phantom limb sensations are linked, but must be differentiated from one another. While phantom limb sensations are experienced by those with congenital limb deficiency, spinal cord injury, and amputation, phantom limb pain occurs almost exclusively as a result of amputation.

Referred Pain
Referred Pain

As an example, in the lower back degenerative disc disease may cause referred pain to the hips and posterior thighs. Radicular pain. Often described as deep and searing pain, radicular pain follows the path of the nerve into the arm or leg and may be accompanied by numbness or weakness.

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Scoliosis
Scoliosis

In structural scoliosis, the curve of the spine is rigid and can’t be reversed. Causes include: Cerebral palsy; Muscular dystrophy; Birth defects; Infections; Tumors; Genetic conditions like Marfan syndrome and Down syndrome; Congenital scoliosis begins as a baby’s back develops before birth.

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Soft Tissue Pain
Soft Tissue Pain

Soft tissue back pain is caused by an injury or strain to muscles, tendons or ligaments in the lower or middle back. This condition most commonly occurs in the lumbar (lower) spine because this section of the back is extremely flexible and supports the majority of the body’s weight.

Trauma
Trauma

There can be many causes of back pain including accidents, strains, and injuries. Two types of back injury are spondylolisthesis and cervical radiculopathy. Both have their own set of symptoms, causes, and treatments. The spine, or backbone, is made up of a column of 33 bones and tissue extending from the skull to the pelvis.

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What to Expect
What to Expect

Most men who suffer from back pain already know the drill: time heals this wound. Over weeks to months, the pain will calm down, and you will slowly return to your normal life. In the meantime, try to stay as active as possible and rely as much as possible on over-the-counter pain relievers.

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