Acute back pain, also known as witch hazel, is a painful, but usually harmless condition, and many get better quickly regardless of treatment or not. Unfortunately, relapses are very common. In some cases, the condition worsens into sciatica or develops into a chronic condition with recurrent or chronic pain.
Back pain can occur suddenly or gradually. Likewise, back pain can disappear suddenly or gradually. In addition to pain, you may experience stiffness and limitation of movement in general. The pain can range from a slight pain to severe, unbearable pain in the back. The pain can be limited or spread around to several areas of the body. Back pain is usually a symptom of an overload, but in very rare cases it can be a symptom of a serious illness.
The causes of back pain are many and sometimes very complex. Factors such as heredity, too little physical activity, excess weight, sudden overload, persistent inappropriate working postures, psychological stress and poor well-being in general are some of the most important reasons why people develop back pain. Therefore, prevention and treatment must be individually adapted and seen in a holistic perspective, which your chiropractor is trained to handle.
Based on extensive interdisciplinary research, there is agreement on the following general clinical recommendations for back pain:
- Movement and activity are recommended - both preventively and when you have back pain
- Specific joint treatment (manipulation) is recommended
- Over-the-counter pain relievers are recommended if you stick to the recommended daily dose
- General training and exercise are recommended