Signs Of Serious Back Problems

Signs Of Serious Back Problems

Serious Back Problems

and what may have caused them

At some point in their lives, most people will experience back pain. Typically, most cases can be attributed to advanced age, overuse, sprain, or some other mild injury. About 95% of back pain cases are simply due to sore muscles.  But sometimes, back pain can be so severe that it requires medical intervention. Keep reading to find out if you should see a doctor for your back pain symptoms.

The Types Of Pain You May Experience

If your pain registers as sharp, not dull, and gets worse over time instead of better, it’s probably time to call your doctor. Most non-emergency back pain can be treated effectively at home with ice, very short-term rest and exercise, but if the pain persists, it could be indicative of something serious. You may have pulled a muscle or ligament, or may even have another underlying issue with one of your internal organs. Pain that occurs at night may be a troubling sign as well.

If your pain “moves” or radiates down your legs, you may be experiencing an issue with your nerves. You may have a pinched or slipped disc, or some other condition that is irritating the nerves in your vertebrae.

If you are experiencing numbness instead of pain, this is something to bring to your doctor as well – especially if you’re also experiencing muscle weakness in the legs. This could indicate anything from sciatic nerve problems resulting from compressed joints, or, if the leg weakness is sudden, even a stroke.

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Any loss of function of the bowel or bladder is a ‘red flag’ and you should seek immediate care. Unexplained weight loss and/or night sweats combined with significant back pain should also inspire a visit to a professional.

What Your Treatment May Look Like

Your treatment will vary depending on many things – the condition you are suffering from, any underlying conditions you have in your medical history, your age, lifestyle, and more. Assume that you will undergo a full work-up at the office. Here are some common things your doctor may prescribe or recommend for treating your severe back pain:

Medications: Muscle relaxants, opioids for severe pain, steroid injections, and even antidepressants may help relieve some of your pain. Muscle relaxants and steroid injections can be temporary fixes, with steroid injections sometimes relieving pain for up to 3 months. Some antidepressants focus on different areas of your body’s pain response, and can be effective when used for back pain. Other prescription medications like gabapentin are utilized to reduce nerve-based pain.

Surgery: Surgery is often treated as a last resort – as it should be. Most doctors will only consider surgery for back pain if the pain is noticeably severe, or has other accompanying, worrying symptoms such as muscle weakness or a tumor as the causal event. You may need surgery to repair, replace, or remove damaged tissues if your pain is caused by a degenerative bone disease. 

Only about 1% of cases of back pain should ever require surgery. Certain geographic areas are more prone to recommending large spinal surgeries for complaints of pain. Do your research!

If you are having to consider surgery for your back pain, read our blog about why you should consider taking a multivitamin before your procedure. Making sure you have all the essential vitamins + minerals before you go into surgery is a key part in ensuring a safe and successful recovery! 

Alternative Medicines: Your doctor may recommend other, less invasive measures of relieving your back pain. Physical therapy, yoga, chiropractic adjustments, and other methods of pain relief are often effective when utilized under the guidance of your personal physician.

At Well Theory, we advocate for patient-led healing and treatment. Informed patients are the best advocates for their own health, which is why we offer these resources and holistic healing therapies Dr. Warner has developed in her years of clinical practice.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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Your Back Pain May Not Be Caused By A Disc

Your Back Pain May Not Be Caused By A Disc

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Is Your Back Pain Caused By A Disc

or is it something else?

About 23 million people, or 10 percent of the U.S. population, have one or more chronic disorders of the musculoskeletal system that often cause back muscle pain. Musculoskeletal disorders are the main cause of disability in the working-age population and are among the leading causes of disability in other age groups.

While back pain is often caused by a slipped or bulging discs, it can easily be confused with myofascial pain – the pain associated with the muscular and connective tissue (fascial) structures about the spine. This extremely common type of pain is associated with the spine and other body parts. A patient with myofascial pain will have nonspecific, poorly localized, aching, regional pain in the tissue that includes muscles and joints. Rarely will they have sharp, clear, easily localized pain.

Renowned American physician and medical researcher Janet G. Travell pioneered techniques for treating of myofascial pain. She recognized that pain is not reducible to a single diagnosis.

For example, if a patient presents with left shoulder pain to a pulmonologist, cardiologist or orthopedic surgeon, that patient will be diagnosed in turn with reflex pain from the lung, ischemic heart pain or rotator cuff pain. More likely however, is that the patient has a problem with the skeletal muscle system about the shoulder; that is, the patient has myofascial pain.

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Isolated tender spots in muscles that hurt when compressed (also called trigger points) are characteristic of myofascial pain. A leading cause of chronic pain and disability in this country, unrecognized myofascial trigger point syndrome is also the cause of a significant amount of ineffective, expensive treatment. Muscles receive little attention in modern medical schools as a source of pain.

Myofascial trigger points are discrete, focal, hyperirritable spots located in a taut band of skeletal muscle. The spots are painful on compression and can produce referred pain, referred tenderness, and motor dysfunction. However, this is often overlooked as a source of back muscle pain because most providers that deal with pain are not taught about myofascial pain.

Trigger points are thought to develop due to increased or changed muscular demands. Overload can do this, as can poor posture – injury does not need to occur. Trigger points may also be brought about by stress and emotional illnesses, constitutional problems, visceral disease, arthritis, or joint dysfunction.

Pain from active trigger points most often presents in those aged 31-50. At this point, most people are in the mature years of maximum activity. Later in life, latent trigger points and stiffness are more common. It is important to recognize a trigger point early on when a patient presents with back muscular pain. The diagnosis of such a muscular source of pain may be easy to treat if recognized early.

Treating Myofascial Back Muscle Pain

Treating myofascial pain is much more conservative, safe and effective than treating the mistakenly diagnosed syndromes and conditions that it mimics.

Treatment Includes:

  • Injections
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Managing stress and tension
  • A home self-treatment program and patient education

 

When acute myofascial pain is neglected or ignored, it may become chronic and then is complicated, more painful and time-consuming and expensive to treat reliably.

 

Myofascial pain is a leading cause of pain that is easy to treat if it’s caught early. It is treatable with safe and effective methods even if it is chronic by the time a knowledgeable provider treats the patient. In order to ‘first do no harm’ as the Hippocratic Oath promises physicians will do, MPS must be considered, recognized and treated.

For additional resources, click here to read our helpful blog: 5 Quick Tips to Naturally Reduce Your Back Pain!

For natural, yet powerful relief from back pain, look no further than our full line of Well Theory products. Each product was developed by an orthopedic surgeon, who often utilizes herbal remedies and modern medicine in her treatment plans for her patients.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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5 Quick Tips To Naturally Reduce Your Back Pain

5 Quick Tips To Naturally Reduce Your Back Pain

Reduce Your Back Pain At Home -

and when you need to see a doctor

Back pain can take a serious toll on your day-to-day life. It can keep you from exercising, lifting things like groceries, and even sleeping comfortably. The good news is that most back pain can be alleviated safely and naturally at home without serious interventions – allowing you to get back to your normal life quickly.

Things You Can Do To Prevent Back Pain:

don't wait until back pain strikes - prevent it.

Exercise regularly. Maintaining core strength is a great way to prevent back pain from happening in the first place. Yoga is an ideal way to gently strengthen your core and improve your back’s stability! If you don’t think you’re cut out for a daily yoga practice, read our blog about why yoga is beneficial at any age or level of activity. 

Reduce inflammation. At the root of many back problems is inflammation. Avoid inflammatory foods like sugar, highly processed foods, refined carbohydrates, and excessive consumption of alcohol. 

Also consider taking a supplement that will reduce inflammation and improve joint function. Dr. Warner’s CBD Multivitamin is designed to improve your overall musculoskeletal health and prime your immune system for ideal performance. 

Things You Can Do To Relieve Back Pain

after it strikes

But what happens when you’re already experiencing back pain and it’s too late to do anything to prevent it? While taking steps to reduce inflammation and improve core stability (under the guidance of your doctor) can relieve pain that’s already happening, there are some additional steps you can take as well.

Limited Bed Rest. You’ve probably heard this advice before, but there is a reason for that – it’s often very effective in reducing back pain! You have to be sure to really rest your back – but don’t overdo it. These days, most doctors advise using bed rest only when necessary – because weak muscles can actually make your back problems worse. Most physicians recommend that one rest for only a day to three days. Muscle soreness often is the worst on about day 3 from a strain. Waiting too long to begin activity can allow the muscles to weaken and scar tissue to set in as ligaments and tendons become contracted. This makes recovery even harder.

Cold/Hot Therapy. Consider alternating ice compresses with heat packs. Cold reduces inflammation by restricting blood flow, and heat helps the muscles relax and can reduce pain. Warmth can allow for more superficial blood flow and this can support healing too.

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Alternative Therapies. Under the guidance of your physician, you may consider trying some alternative therapies for your back pain. Therapeutic massage can relieve tension in the muscles and reduce pain. Acupuncture or chiropractic adjustments are often helpful in relieving mild back pain symptoms as well. Cupping is a therapy technique that allows for more blood to enter the area of pain as well. Pairing alternative therapies with over the counter natural anti-inflammatory medicines can often help relieve pain and get you back to your regular activities.

Curating an anti-inflammatory diet filled with all the necessary vitamins and minerals your body needs to heal and recover is a great way to maintain your day-to-day health. Try out the recipes on our cooking show – and learn how every ingredient works together to reduce inflammation and improve your overall well-being from Well Theory’s founder, Dr. Meredith Warner. 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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How to Relieve Back Pain

How to Relieve Back Pain

How to Relieve Back Pain

and find out what's causing it

A “backache” or back pain is one of the most common complaints of sensitivity, which most of us suffer from at some point in our lives. Pain can exist in any part of the back: the upper back, which includes the neck and shoulder area; the middle back; the lower back; or the tail bone. It can be sudden (acute) or long-lasting (chronic); intermittent or constant; limited to one area or can radiate to other parts. It may be accompanied with tingling or numbness of the extremities.

While patients of every age suffer (and wonder how they can relieve) back pain, it primarily affects adults over the age of 30.

Some of the most general causes of back pain are:

  • Strained muscles or ligaments
  • Incorrect posture while standing or walking
  • Strenuous physical exertion
  • Stress related pain
  • Obesity
  • Pregnancy
  • Injury
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Structural Problems Of The Back

and how they cause pain

Disc Pain: A ruptured, bulging, or slipping disc can lead to severe backaches and can pinch the spinal nerves, causing radiating pain to other parts of the body. Find our if your back pain is caused by a disc by reading this helpful blog!

Arthritis: Located in the bones of the spine, the back, or the hip, arthritis can lead to severe backaches.

Scoliosis: If the spine begins to curve in an abnormal way it can cause backaches.

Osteoporosis: This can make bones weak bones lead to easy fractures.

Certain diseases can also cause long-term, severe back pain. Here are just a few dieases that can result in back pain:​

 

Tuberculosis: In the spine, this disease can cause back pain, especially in immune-suppressed patients.

Cancer: Tumors of the back can cause pain if the tumor compresses onto a nerve.

Shingles/ Herpes: If located along the nerves of the back, these ailments can cause severe burning backaches.

How to Relieve Back Pain

naturally + effectively

In majority of cases, back pain relief and healing can be obtained with rest, hot compresses and occasional use of painkillers and/or muscle relaxants. In certain cases, the physician may advise use of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) to reduce pain and inflammation.

Physiotherapy also includes application of hot/cold therapies, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and muscle relaxation and strengthening techniques.

Surgery is a choice of treatment only in cases where there are structural changes causing nerve pinching such as disc herniation, slipped disc, or fractured vertebrae.

Regular exercise helps relieve back pain by strengthening the back muscles and ligaments in addition to keeping body weight under control. Exercise also helps improve flexibility. Correct body posture while standing, sitting, and walking helps prevent back pain recurrence. When lifting things, patients should carefully bend at the knees instead of bending at the back to reduce the pressure on the back muscles. At times, incorrect mattresses can also cause backaches; a firm mattress that keeps the spine straight can also help relieve back pain.

To reduce back pain naturally, reach for Well Theory’s Bone & Joint Health Multivitamin! This multi was carefully curated by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Meredith Warner, based on her most common vitamin recommendations for her patients. It contains pure Full Spectrum CBD to naturally engage your body’s inflammatory response to holistically reduce pain + inflammation over time.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
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Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

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Is It a Herniated Disc?

Is It a Herniated Disk?

Could Your Back Pain

be a herniated disk?

Back pain is one of the most common problems that people suffer from, and most will experience it at some point during their lifetime. In fact, according to the ACA, “low back pain is the single leading cause of disability worldwide.” With back pain being so common, it’s not surprising that many people experience it without knowing the cause could be a herniated disc.

What Is a Herniated Disc?

As you may know, your spine is a collection of 26 vertebrae with cushioning discs between them that protect your bones and help to absorb shock placed on the spine from everyday activities. A herniated disc is a protrusion from this disc that results from injury and causes the disc to protrude out from it’s normal position, causing pain and discomfort.

What Are the Symptoms

of a herniated disc?

Identifying whether or not you have a herniated disc is of course best left to your physician, but there are several symptoms to keep an eye out for that can help you to identify whether or not your suffering from a herniated disc.

  • pain or numbness on one side of your body
  • pain that gets worse at night
  • pain while standing or sitting
  • tingling or burning sensations near the affected area
  • pain while bending forward and returning upright
  • shooting pain that travels to your arms or legs

The severity of these symptoms and the pain associated with them will vary, but it is recommended that you seek professional medical care should you experience any of these symptoms, so that the root cause of your pain can be properly identified.

How to Know

if you have a herniated disc

The only way to know you have a herniated disc with certainty is to be examined by a doctor. Your doctor will give you a physical examination in order to identify the source of your pain.

In addition to nerve function and strength tests, your doctor may using imaging tests to examine your spine in detail such as:

  • X-Rays
  • MRIs
  • CT scans
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How is a Herniated Disc Treated?

As with an injury, there are a variety of treatment options and a herniated disc is no different. Treatments can range from pain medication to help manage your pain to surgery in severe cases. Your treatment method will depend on the severity of the disc’s displacement and the level of discomfort you’re feeling. Some common treatment methods include:

  • Physical therapy
  • An exercise program to help strengthen your back muscles
  • Over the counter pain medication and/or muscle relaxers
  • Avoiding heavy lifting and strenuous activity temporarily

In more severe cases, your doctor may recommend surgery if your condition isn’t responding well to the more common treatments. Surgery can be done to remove the damaged portion of the disc or could mean actually removing the disk completely or replacing it with an artificial disc.

If your doctor doesn’t think your condition is severe enough for surgical intervention, holistic therapies and herbal remedies can go a long way in helping relieve your back pain. Browse through our surgeon-developed, naturally pain-relieving products today! You can also read our blog, 5 Quick Tips To Naturally Reduce Your Back Pain, for more at-home relief.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

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The Cure for Back Pain

The Cure For Back Pain

The Cure For Back Pain

is active physical therapy - not drugs

The most common treatment for back pain causes more problems than it solves — pain medications (opiates).

Opiates have been widely used for back injuries created on the job for decades. But research is finding that the outcomes are grim. What’s more, a growing number of patients want alternatives to pain drugs and their notoriously bad side effects, like depression, sleep loss, liver problems, hormone loss, severe constipation, and addiction.

According the the American Academy of Neurology:

“The risks of powerful narcotic painkillers outweigh their benefits for treating chronic headaches, low back pain, and fibromyalgia. The drugs can cause serious side effects, overdose, addiction, and death. Research shows that 50 percent of patients who took opiates for at least three months are still on them five years later.”

Most physicians would agree that for most people with chronic pain, drugs aren’t even usually the right treatment. According to a study on the treatment of opiates dependence and chronic pain, the National Institute on Drug Abuse stated:

“There’s a false assumption that giving medicine makes pain go away, but in chronic situations that doesn’t always work. Many people only get some reduction in pain.”

As a result of the growing attention on pain medications’ bad side effects, more pain sufferers are weighing the pros and cons before they take any prescription medicine — or even any over-the-counter pain medicine. They are becoming savvy about not only the dependency and addiction risks, but also the entire spectrum of negative side effects of opiates on their lifestyles.

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Even the cost of the drugs is cause for concern. Pain medication prices have gone up dramatically over the past decade. Plus, many insurance companies will not cover the costs of the more expensive drugs. So patients taking them must bear the significant out-of-pocket expenses.

Activity is the Ideal Perscription

for back pain

Almost 95% of back injuries caused on the job are muscular injuries. And muscle injuries are ideally treated with a regime of passive and active physical therapy that includes heat, ice, ultrasound, massage, and movement within a safe range. Some studies even show that high intensity resistance exercises safely and effectively treats back pain.

In the past, patients suffering from back pain would stop moving, believing that remaining immobile would heal the injury. But actually staying immobile gradually reduces mobility because it stiffens the muscles. Stiff muscles create more pain, which further exacerbates the problem. Whereas, becoming active again within a safe range of movement, and using the body in the way it was created to be used, helps to reduce pain and restore full mobility faster. 

Immobilization also causes depreciation of cartilage, bone and muscle. There is no better way to make back pain worse than by being immobile.

It’s not all the patient’s fault either. Pain doctors, orthopedic surgeons and spine doctors have recommended and supported this approach for decades, including keeping patients from returning to work for extended periods. In fact, they were afraid to send patients back to work too soon and risk hurting them even more.

Movement & Activity

actually help to relieve back pain

We’ve learned that movement and returning to work as soon as possible are two of the best approaches to treating any muscular pain. Studies and real-world examples have shown that being active and engaged in the world contributes to a better outcome overall.

This is a paradigm shift in treating worker’s compensation cases. We’ve learned the old ways didn’t work and, most importantly, didn’t help the patients. In fact, the medical industry failed patients who were in pain with this outdated modality of narcotics, inactivity and work-avoidance.

Today the ideal prescription for treating back pain is early-stage hands-on therapy, such as ultrasound, massage, heat, and ice, along with movement within safe ranges, stretching, and returning to work as soon as possible. It is very important that therapy include active motion, otherwise it is almost guaranteed to fail.

As always, you should follow your doctor’s advice and if you are experiencing extreme pain, you should consult your physician before trying to relieve it with at-home therapies. Read our blog, Signs Of Serious Back Problems, to find out if it’s time for you to bring your back pain to your doctor.

Naturally improve your musculoskeletal health with our surgeon-designed Bone & Joint Health Multi! This multivitamin is designed to naturally reduce full-body inflammation + pain with a carefully curated blend of essential vitamins, minerals, and pure Full Spectrum CBD.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr. Meredith Warner is the creator of Well Theory and The Healing Sole. She is a board-certified Orthopedic Surgeon and Air Force Veteran.

She is on a mission to disrupt traditional medicine practices and promote betterment physically, spiritually and mentally to many more people. She advocates for wellness and functional health over big pharma so more people can age vibrantly with more function and less pain.

At Well Theory, Our surgeon-designed products are FDA Registered and formulated to help people:

  • Manage the symptoms of musculoskeletal pain
  • Recover vibrantly from orthopedic related surgeries
  • Fill the gaps in our daily diets
  • Manage pain associated with inflammation

Surgeon Formulated
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Natural Ingredients + Cutting-Edge Medical Breakthroughs.

100% NATURAL PAIN RELIEF FOR PEOPLE WORLDWIDE
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  • PARABEN-FREE
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  • 100% NATURAL

Does Your “Disc” Pain Need Surgery?

Does Your "Disc" Pain Need Surgery?

Upper Back Pain: Your "Disc" Pain

may actually not need surgery

Many people with chronic upper back pain eventually undergo unnecessary surgeries and un-indicated disability. This is because many patients’ chronic upper back pain is misdiagnosed as having a skeletal cause, when instead the patient is suffering from unrecognized myofascial trigger point syndrome (MPS). Although MPS is a leading cause of chronic pain and disability in this country, most providers who deal with pain are not taught about MPS. In part, this is because muscles generally receive little attention in modern medical schools as a source of pain.

A patient with MPS will present with non-specific, poorly localized, aching, regional pain in tissue that includes muscles and joints.

Myofascial pain is also associated with spot tenderness, pain that is referred in a characteristic pattern for that tender point (also called a “trigger point”), a local twitch response and a painful limitation of range of motion of the associated joint.

Muscular imbalances and postural deficiencies often cause these painful nodules; the nodules in turn, cause further pain and dysfunction. Overload can do this, as can poor posture. Trigger points may also be brought about by stress and emotional illnesses or constitutional problems. Trigger points may be identified by the electrical signals they produce, but ultrasound may also be used to see these.

Trigger points are characterized as either latent or active. Latent trigger points cause muscular dysfunction but do not actually hurt. Active trigger points hurt, and are painful for nearly everyone at some point in life.

In the chronic pain population, trigger points are present 85-95% of the time.

 

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Pain from active trigger points most often presents in those aged 31-50. At this point, most people are in the mature years of maximum activity. Later in life, latent trigger points and stiffness are more common.

Treating MPS is much more conservative, safe and effective than the treatment of the mistakenly diagnosed syndromes and conditions it mimics.

Treatment includes injections at the trigger points, massage, stretching, management of stress and tension and often a home self-treatment program. Patient education along with a home-treatment program is an excellent form of treatment also. Click here to read 5 quick trips to naturally reduce your back pain.

It‘s important to recognize a trigger point early on when a patient presents with upper back pain. If acute MPS is neglected or ignored, it may become chronic and then is complicated, more painful and time-consuming and expensive to treat reliably.