What is Acute Back Pain ?

Acute low back pain or better defined as low back pain can persist for nearly six weeks. It can be experienced in various forms such as aching, burning, stabbing, sharp or dull, well-defined, or vague. The intensity of the pain may range from mild to severe and may fluctuate. The pain may radiate into one or

both buttocks or even into the thigh/hip area. The pain may begin suddenly or develop gradually. Low back pain may begin following a strenuous activity or jarring trauma, but often is seemingly unrelated to a specific activity.

Xray of the spine by Acute back pain.

Symptoms of Acute Back Pain ?

A cascade of events occurs which contribute to the pain can be identified as symptoms of the pain. Numerous chemical substances are released in response to tissue irritation. These substances “stimulate” the surrounding pain sensitive nerve fibers, resulting in the sensation of pain. Some of these chemicals trigger the process of inflammation, or swelling, which also contributes to pain. The chemicals associated with this inflammatory process send back more signals which perpetuate the process of swelling. The inflammation attributable to this cycle of events may persist for several days to weeks.

One of the common causes for the backache is habitually keeping poor posture. Balanced posture decreases stress on your back by keeping the muscles, bones and other supporting parts in their natural position. Any change from normal spinal curve can stress or pull muscles.

Muscular tension (spasm) in the surrounding tissues may occur resulting in a “ trunk shift” (the body tilts to one side more than the other) due to muscular imbalance. Additionally, a relative inhibition or lack of the usual blood supply to the affected area may occur so that nutrients and oxygen are not optimally delivered and removal of irritating byproducts of inflammation is impaired.

Reasons for Acute Back Pain ?

Identifying the exact source of acute back pain is difficult; in fact, possible pain producers could be numerous muscles, soft connective tissue, ligaments, joint capsules and cartilage, and blood vessels.These tissues may be pulled, strained, stretched or sprained. Additionally, annular tears (small tears that occur in the outer layer of the Intervertebral disc) can initiate severe pain. Even if the actual tissue damage is minor, and likely to repair quickly, the pain experienced may be quite severe.

Ayurveda and Acute Back Pain

Treatment in Ayurveda brings the vitiated ‘dosha’ back to the state of equilibrium and thereby to the state of health. For treating low back pain, internal as well as external treatments are done. Herbal preparations like ‘Asthavargam’ are administered internally. Daily purgation is recommended to restore the vitiated ‘dosha’ to the state of normalcy.

Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatments like Abhyanga (oil massage), Basti (medicated enema) are very helpful in relieving backache and correcting abnormalities.

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  1. kishor Dhake

    I have the sevier backpain from last 10 years. Mri shows small bulging at L5 S1 I have shown 7 to 8 doctors till date.Nobody Have sujjested me tge remedy.I can not touch My foot fingers while sitting.I cant bwnd more
    Than 45 degree.I have taken physiotherapy also.I need daily one pain killer. Can I get a proper treatment there.