Chronic lower back is a pathological malfunction which tortures millions of people all around the world. In fact, it estimated that at approximately 75-80% of adults will experience generally lower back pain in any degree at a random point in their lives.
Chronic lower back pain is a specific type of lower back pain, the other being acute lower back pain; the latter can last from some days to some weeks and then disappear suddenly. On the other hand, chronic lower back pain is more persistent while it varies in intensity (it feels like coming and going at different levels) but it never really disappears.
The causes of chronic lower back pain are usually difficult to be identified. However, it is a common fact that a good knowledge of the causes of the pain can contribute to a more accurate diagnosis and ultimately to an appropriate therapeutic approach, so science has tried hardly to identify some of them.
Therefore, some of the Chronic lower back pain causes include anatomical or functional abnormalities of the spine, osteoarthritis (a term which describes a damage in the discs or the moving joints of the spine), inflammations of the spine, spinal stenosis (when the spinal canal tends to get narrower), vertebral fracture (fractures of the vertebrae), muscle and soft tissue injury, musculoskeletal factors, atherosclerosis (the thickening of the arteries), infections like bacteria, viruses or lyme disease, neurological disorders and, of course, poor posture or careless lifting of weights.
Chronic lower back pain can stimulate signs of different kinds which make the patient realize that he / she is dealing with disorder. Thus, sufferers may muscle spasms, which in turn brings about tightness, stiffness and difficulty in moving. In addition, the pain can be felt primarily at the lumbar region, however, it may appear at several different spots, such as on one or the other side at the top of the pelvis, at hips, buttocks or even at the feet and legs; especially if the soft middle section of the disc pressures the surrounding nerve roots, the pain radiates and travel through every part of the legs.
The pain itself can be described as dull, achy and sharp. Also, as we previously mentioned, it can either come and go at times without really disappearing or be present continuously. Furthermore, in cases of nerve compression, the pain can take other forms and deliver a feeling of burning or give sudden shocks to the sufferer. And of course, movements like changing of sitting posture, dunking, straining and even coughing or sneezing deliver the patient extra doses of pain and harassment.
So, what can a person suffering from chronic lower back pain in order to be somehow relieved? Many treating methods have been presented; others work more effectively while others may be applied by the sufferers without delivering satisfactory results. A general rule is that a treatment which might relieve someone may prove absolutely useless for another person. So, if you happen to suffer from chronic lower back pain, pay a visit to your GP in order to get the most appropriate treating solution.
That being said, here is an array of the most widespread treatments for relieving back pain. The ordinary way is the combination of complementary methods with conventional medicine; in these cases, anesthesiologic, neurostimulatory, rehabilitative and pharmacological methods can really work while surgery must not be excluded, depending on the occasion. The use of vitamins and supplements can also help but the patient should consider possible side effects or the interact with regular medication. The alternative means, which are fully substituting the conventional medicines include acupuncture, yoga and Tai Chi.