Learn more about back pain symptoms and available treatment options
Back pain can be a debilitating issue, causing both physical and emotional stress. Back pain itself refers to any pain in your spine, which starts at your neck and ends at your buttocks. It is estimated that 1 in 6 Australians are reported to have back issues, and 4 out of 5 experience it at some stage throughout their life.
Symptoms of back pain
Back pain is most commonly defined as pain anywhere from the neck to the buttocks. People can experience back pain differently, for example, some people may experience sharp pain, whereas others experience aches or spasms. Consistent back pain can also cause a range of secondary symptoms. A common example of this is sciatica, which is pain that can travel down one or both of your legs. Here are some of the most common back pain symptoms:
- Pain anywhere from the neck to the buttocks.
- Pain in one or both legs.
- Restricted mobility or back pain during tasks requiring bending, lifting, sitting, and walking.
- Restricted or limited movement of your torso.
- Tenderness when pressure is applied to the spinal joints.
- Reduction of reflexes, strength, and sensation (which can be a sign of nerve compression).
Back pain can also cause secondary issues, such as fear of movement and activity. Additionally, the stress of living with back pain can also cause mood issues, such as anxiety, irritability, and depression.
What are the traditional treatments for back pain?
Treatment for back pain can consist of one or several different treatments depending on your specific diagnosis. For example, if you’re experiencing severe pain, then your GP may recommend an injection to numb the pain via an epidural injection. In some cases a surgical procedure may be required to help manage your symptoms. Some of the more common treatment and management strategies for back pain include:
- Targeted training and exercise
- Keeping active
- Chiropractic and osteopathic treatment
Medicinal cannabis and back pain
If you’ve exhausted other treatment options and haven’t experienced any relief or improvement, it might be worth chatting to your doctor to see whether medicinal cannabis could be suitable for you.
We spoke to Dr James Stewart, one of Australia’s leading minds in cannabis medicine who provided a medical view about back pain and traditional treatments.
Dr Stewart is a true believer in focusing on overall health and always promotes a healthy lifestyle as the key. Click below to learn more about back pain, traditional and alternative treatments you may wish to discuss with a Doctor.
“About 10 or so years ago, I fell off a bike riding with my son and hurt my back. Ever since then the pain can make it very hard to do my job.”
“After an accident at work, I developed degenerative discs in my back and the pain is agonising. I find it very painful even to sit in a chair.“