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"Back Problems"

Whether your back problems are symptoms of back pain that present with joint stiffness, muscle tightness, spasms, weakness, or numbness; you are not alone.  There are an assortment of symptoms associated with back pain and the back problems they sometimes create.

Back problems are sometimes related to your age, your gender, your genetics, and your job.  Making a determination on how these factors play into your current back problems can help you to ascertain the possible solutions and the potential long term outcomes.

Understanding why you have back problems is essentially tied to learning more about which back pain condition you have and the most likely cause of your lower back pain.  You can learn more about your back problem by correlating the symptoms you are having with the many different conditions in existence and how these conditions often times present.

What Causes Back Problems?

Back problems related to back pain is the third most common complaint physicians hear today.  Back problems can be hereditary, mechanical, postural, inflammatory, psychosomatic, or caused by trauma.  When we experience the unpleasant symptom(s) of back pain, it can mean a plethora of conditions.

The following is a list of conditions that will cause back problems and the symptoms you may have with them; it is not meant to substitute a proper diagnosis from your physician.

Conditions causing back problems:

Symptom(s) related to back problems:

Lumbar Sprain

Localized back pain, joint stiffness, and muscle spasms.

Lumbar Strain

Localized back pain, muscle stiffness, and muscle spasms.

Bulging or herniated Disc

Back Pain, Leg(s) numbness, tingling/pins and needles, weakness.


Back pain, difficulty breathing is severe cases, the appearance of uneven limbs.


Back pain relieved with flexion (sitting), leg(s) pain, numbness, and weakness.


Possible back pain, and radiating leg pain on one or both sides that can traverse along the posterior aspect of the thigh into the lower limb.


Spinal instability, back pain with extension.

Treatment for Back Problems

Back problems are often treated by a multitude of disciplines such as massage therapy, physical therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, pain management and an orthopedic physician.

Back problems have treatments that include but are not limited to prescription medication, moist heat, cold packs, ultrasound treatment, spinal adjustments, exercise prescription, postural correction, ergonomic re-education, TENS unit, lumbar traction, epidural injections, and therapeutic massage.

The kind of back problem you have, determines the right kind of treatment; however, choosing the right healthcare provider and the best course of treatment for your back problem is not always an easy task.  I recommend a team approach to your care, bringing as many healthcare professionals into the fold as is necessary.

Back problems recover faster when you stay active, keep with normal activity, keep a positive attitude, and use medication as prescribed.

Tommy Hoffman, P.T. By Tommy Hoffman, Licensed Physical Therapist


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