Back pain can be either acute or chronic. Acute back pain can come on suddenly from a specific incident or injury and is particularly painful, or it can occur from chronic long-term back pain which has flared up and become painful. Here we explain specific back injuries, as well as treatment, management and prevention of back pain.
Upper back and neck injuries are relatively rare in sport and most often occur from activities of daily living, such as waking up with a wry neck (torticollis). Neck injuries that are sustained in sport must be taken very seriously, especially if they are associated with symptoms of concussion or referred pain into the shoulders and arms.
Here are some top tips for preventing and managing back pain - including back pain when driving, at work, posture, inversion therapy, and kinesiology taping for the lower back.
Mild or moderate low back pain can be from a chronic or long-term back problem, or can follow a bout of acute low back pain. It may be difficult to diagnose a specific cause of long-term low back pain as a number of structures can cause or contribute to the pain.
Acute low back pain is a severely painful back pain which usually comes on suddenly from a movement, such as bending over or twisting. It often results from a chronic or long-term back injury which flares up worse from time to time.
Back pain can result from a number of causes. Many are muscular or ligament injuries, but there are other specific injuries which can be diagnosed.