Back Pain 101: What Kind of Pain Are You Feeling?

Back Pain

When it comes to back pain, no one is a fan. If you’re a stranger to back pain and aches, it may be especially difficult to tell where these uncomfortable sensations are stemming from. The anatomy of the body is complex, and there may be more than one reason for your specific form of back pain. Before your doctor establishes a treatment plan, learn about the type of aches you’re feeling based on these basic classifications of back pain (provided by Spine Solutions):

Axial Pain

Described as one of the more common types of back pain, axial pain is typically a sharp or dull sensation. Axial pain, also known as mechanical pain, tends to restrain movement and becomes more severe with increased physical activity. Axial pain can be caused by a number of conditions, more specifically, muscle strains or irritations.

Referred Pain

Simply put, referred pain is a type of ache that originates in one part of the body, but is felt in a different part of the body. For example, degenerative disc disease in the lower back can trigger referred pain to one’s hips and posterior thighs. When it comes to describing the sensation, referred pain can feel dull or aching.

Radicular Pain

According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, radicular pain is usually caused by irritation of the sensory root, or the spinal root nerve. Radicular pain is commonly described as one of the more intense types of back pain, beginning as a deep, searing pain and transitioning into numbness in the arm or leg. Radicular pain can be understood as sciatica or radiculopathy, and this type of pain can be caused by conditions like a herniated disc or spinal stenosis.

If any of these types of back pain sound familiar to your symptoms, contact our team of experts at Spine Solutions for a spinal consultation. Call us at (954) 329-1769 or email us at to begin your journey to pain relief today.

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