Factors of Chronic Back Pain Are you experiencing severe back pain? Unfortunately, this is a chronic struggle for average citizens across America. What exactly is your back pain trying to tell you?

At one time or another, the misery of lower back pain is felt by everyone, which is no surprise. Our upright spine is as unique to being human as having an opposable thumb. But where anyone can see that using our hands involves every aspect of life, we don’t say the same about our backs. But it’s just as true. You can read a great deal standing behind someone, reading victory or defeat, success and failure, pride or shame and every degree of self-esteem. More hidden are the stresses that shape the back. On the day that you feel that first twinge of back pain, an entire personal history has already unfolded.

Can we use that history to treat lower back pain?

The factors to consider are as varied as each person is, but the most salient include:

  • Physical stress to the lower back
  • Sedentary jobs
  • Lack of exercise
  • Untended psychological issues
  • Depression, anxiety
  • Sudden changes in physical routine
  • Bad sleep
  • Coping mechanisms, how you deal with stress
  • Aging
  • Old traumas, such as car accidents and sports injuries
  • Unknown predispositions

That’s a lot to consider.  As you can see, saying “My back went out” or “I must have hurt my back” falls short of an adequate explanation.  Everything on the list needs to be considered as a contributing factor. It’s important to distinguish between acute pain and chronic pain. Acute pain is intense and lasts from a few days to several weeks. Acute back pain is generally due to sprains or strains and usually gets better in a few weeks. Chronic pain lasts longer than three months. Chronic back pain is more complicated in terms of its causes and its treatment.

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This article is originally posted from Huffingtonpost.com.