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The most common form of back pain, which accounts for 90% of all cases in Singapore is called ‘non-specific back pain’, which means the cause of the pain is unsure. While it may be classified under a general category of pain, different pain experiences may be associated with different structures of the body.
For example, a muscle spasm will feel like a constant ache that may be localised or around a small area and worsen when attempting to exert effort towards a certain direction. On the other hand, ligament or joint strain is a sharper and more localised pain and has aggravation with a certain position or angle. Injury of deeper tissues such as intervertebral discs or deep ligaments may irritate nerves, thus creating a painful experience that radiates over larger or more distant areas. In the case of a fracture in the bones, any movement will be excruciating. Hence very limited movement is occurring around the back region.
Sometimes, pain experienced over the back may be a referred symptom from the neck or internal organs. In patients with multiple painful areas across the body, such as fibromyalgia, emotional stress may also lead to physical stress. The varying complexity of issues makes chronic low back pain a global challenge for patients and healthcare providers.
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Common forms of back pain complaints in Singapore
Back pain can manifest in many forms – and it can occur to anyone. It is common to hear that back pain is a result of a sedentary lifestyle and no doubt, being inactive is one of the risks of back pain. However, upper or low back pain can also occur in active individuals, especially in athletes or gym-goers in Singapore. This can be due to improper training techniques or overtraining.
Upper Back Pain
Lower Back Pain
Acute low back pain
Fracture of vertebrae
Bone spurs / osteophytes
Common Treatments for Back Pain in Singapore
Lumbar spine traction
Upper back pain
Causes of upper back pain
To avoid any pain from occurring in the future, below are the common causes of upper back pain:
Over time, muscle weakness can lead to pain due to strain or discomfort. When a person slouches in the chair, it may cause a loss of muscle strength. What happens is that the pressure from the upper body forces the back, neck, discs and ligaments to get pushed down in an inappropriate manner. This pressure can cause pain and other problems over time. Your doctor may require you to undergo an x-ray to see the condition of your spinal cord.
Fortunately, the muscles can get stronger and more durable with the right treatment methods. This method begins by adjusting the posture while sitting down and taking occasional breaks from your office desk. Exercises can also boost strength in the upper back. Another tip we can give you is to set an alarm to remind you to keep arching backwards and stretching to prevent you from slouching.
Joints in the thoracic spine can become unstable and painful due to sudden injury or ageing. A joint capsule tearing is one common example of this. We’ve mentioned joint dysfunction can occur during ageing, which makes it a common occurrence for older individuals in Singapore.
Muscular irritation / spasm
The shoulder girdles’ connects to the scapula and back of the rib cage with the help of the broad muscles. These broad muscles are susceptible to tightness or strains that can be painful and hard to relieve. Muscles in the back are normally de-conditioned or overused due to irritation in the upper back. Patients may improve their muscles through weight lifting and exercises.
Over time, many people in Singapore can decondition their muscles by not properly using them. Deconditioning is as simple as sitting on a desk with a wrong posture for too long. This condition can lead to further discomfort and damages in certain muscles, including back muscles. Muscle irritation usually occurs to those who work in the office.
Lower back pain
Causes of lower back pain
Some of the most frequent causes of low back pain include:
The jelly core of a lumbar disc can move through the hard outer layer and irritate the nerves’ nearby root. The herniated part of the disc is filled with proteins that cause inflammation in the nerve root, and nerve compression and inflammation cause nerve root pain. The disc wall is richly supplied with nerve fibres, and serious pain can arise from tearing through the wall.
Muscle irritation / spasm
Lower back spasms can be due to several potential causes, including bad posture, muscle overuse and strains. A doctor should be seen for a physical examination for people with chronic or worsening spasms or discomfort.
A lower back spasm normally feels like muscle contracts or moves firmly. However, it could also feel like a dull ache, sharp pain, or a combination of these painful sensations. Some individuals in Singapore also note that lower spasm pain spreads to other parts of the body, such as the hips or legs.
There are two types of joint dysfunction associated with lower back pain: Facet joint dysfunction and Sacroiliac joint dysfunction.
- Facet joint dysfunction: In each movement of the lumbar, there are two facet joints behind each disc. These joints contain cartilage and have a capsular ligament surrounded by nerves. These joints can encounter pain on their own or can be associated with disc pain.
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction: The sacroiliac joint attaches the sacrum on either side of the pelvis at the bottom of the spine. It is a strong, low-motion joint that mostly takes in the shock and stress between our bodies’ upper and lower part. Inflammation can cause the sacroiliac joint to become painful, or in some cases, if the joint is moving too much or too little.
Back Pain Treatments
Radiofrequency TECAR Therapy
Neck & back traction
Trigger point release
Joint mobilization and manipulation
Core control training
Specific muscle activation
Kinetic chain exercises
Work / sports specific exercises
Life Energy Exercises
Ergonomic adjustment / advice
SHAPECRUNCH customized foot In-soles
When to See a Back Pain Specialist?
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Frequently Asked Questions
Your physiotherapist will perform a thorough assessment to evaluate the problem and identify the problem’s root course. A detailed explanation will be given so that you can fully understand your issues and the outline of subsequent physiotherapy treatment plans.
Thereafter, a treatment involving muscle release, specific muscle activation or joint mobilization, etc. will be rendered to provide symptomatic pain relief and address underlying root problems.