Common Back Muscle Pain

Back Muscle Pain

Back muscle pain is an extremely common form of back ache. Up to 85% of adults will suffer from moderate to severe muscular back pain at some time in their lives. Muscle pain is rarely serious, but can be extremely agonizing to endure.

However, in cases of acute injury, soft tissue symptoms may be an indicator of a condition which may require professional and possibly even surgical treatment. This is why it is always advised to get any back injury checked out by a qualified physician or physical therapist.

Of all forms of ongoing back ache, muscular expressions are some of the most often seen. In many instances, pain is blamed on some coincidental spinal abnormality, yet the root cause of suffering exists purely in the soft tissue structures of the back. These can be some of the most frustrating and difficult to diagnose reasons for dorsopathy to exist. Chronic muscle pain is commonly called myositis. Chronic muscular discomfort has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

Being that diagnosis of soft tissue pathologies is a far less accurate science than bone or disc related structural issues, which can be more readily documented using MRI or x-ray, muscular pain conditions stand an even greater chance of being misdiagnosed than other types of symptomatic expression. This might help explain why so many patients never find relief and are bounced from one diagnostic theory to another during their fruitless search for effective treatment.

Types of Back Muscle Pain

Back muscle strain is when the muscle is overstretched or torn. The actual muscle fibers are damaged. Fibers are chains of muscle cells that are grouped together to form a single unified muscular structure. These chains are normally grouped tightly together.

In a back strain, the muscle fiber links are separated or even broken, causing minor tissue damage. Many patients refer to these types of injuries as pulled muscles in the back. Tiny strains are actually needed to build muscle mass, as any serious athlete knows. When tears are minuscule, they are productive, but if they are large, they can be a real problem.

Back muscle sprain is when ligaments are overstretched or torn. Ligaments are very tough fibrous connecting tissues. The ligaments connect the muscles to their respective bone attachments. Ligaments are also actually chains of tough cells grouped together to increase their strength. In a muscle sprain, these chains are separated or torn, causing ligament and/or muscle damage.

Please read some additional information on back muscles and back muscle tension including the causes of and solutions for a chronic stiff back.

If you are suffering from the unbearable agony of muscle spasms in the back, try to hang in there. I know how miserable they can be. I have been there many times myself.

Back Muscle Pain Topics

Muscular pain is rarely serious, but can be terribly painful and functionally affective.  To help patients better understand muscular back problems, we have created this extensive collection of focused dissertations:

Muscle imbalances can cause pain and physical deficits virtually anywhere in the dorsal anatomy.

A pulled back muscle is a layman's term for a minor injury, usually due to overexertion or strain.

Tired back muscles are not necessarily painful.  However, chronically tired muscles might indicate a serious problem within the dorsal anatomy.

Neck muscle pain can exist from top of the shoulders to the base of the skull and may involve tension headache or radiating arm and shoulder expressions in some patients.

Back spasms describe widespread muscular contractions that affect many groups of dorsal muscles.  Even a single back muscle spasm can be unbelievably agonizing until the contraction ceases.

Tight back muscles may occur from normal use or might be related to spinal or soft tissue pathology.

Painful back muscles should be easily treatable with basic home-based care practices.  Statistically only a few minor muscular pain conditions will require formal diagnosis or treatment.  Chronically sore back muscles may be the result of RSI, ischemia or some other lasting problem.

Back muscle exercises can help to condition and maintain the dorsal musculature for life.  Exercises are also an important aspect of physical therapy treatment.

Aching back muscles might experience dull or sharp pain in large of focal regions of anatomy.

Back muscle therapy is used to treat chronic muscular concerns or to rehabilitate significant acute injuries.

Lower back muscle pain is surely the worst variety of soft tissue symptomology, since the muscles of the lumbar region are used to support the body in every position.

Upper back muscular pain is commonly felt in between the shoulders and may also influence movement of the neck or arms.

Back muscle overexertion is normal to experience from strenuous activity.  Most cases are harmless, but some recurrent conditions have the potential to develop into RSI disorders.

Back pain from hamstrings is a popular causative theory that is typically proposed when the patient demonstrates tight hamstring muscles or tendons.

Back Muscle Pain Solutions

Many cases of muscular pain come from internal stress and tension. Emotional and psychological stress can cause physical tension to build up in our muscles. This is why we get that tight feeling when we have anxiety. You can feel it for sure.

The shoulders come up, the trapezius get tight, the jaw grinds closed, the eyes squint, the stomach knots-up, the fists clench and the buttocks, as well. Feeling tight is not fun and is a leading cause of actual and perceived injury. The mind and the body are inseparable and they work together in all that they do. If the mind has stress, muscular trauma or pain is often the direct result.

Even if you suffered a back muscle injury from a specific accident, there is a chance that internal stress is still to blame. Tense muscles are more susceptible to injury. Tense muscles are a side effect of emotional or mental stress.

Try to relax and spare your muscles the pain of injury.

I reduced my back muscle pain significantly by following this simple advice. Unfortunately, I still have lots of discomfort throughout my spine. Sensei is not a young man anymore.

Reading some additional information on stress-related back pain might help you to put this entire article into much needed perspective.

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