The most common symptoms of back pain are: the ache or pain anywhere in the back, inflammation or swelling of the back, pain down the legs.
- Back pain in the cervical area
- Back pain in the chest area
- Back pain in the lower back
- Back pain in the coccyx area
Back pain in the cervical area
It manifests itself in the form of discomfort or dull or sharp pain in the area between the base of the skull and the upper part of the shoulders and can spread to the upper back or arms. Mobility in the head and neck can be affected and headaches can occur.
If the pain is caused by compression of the spinal nerve roots, it may be accompanied by other symptoms (numbness, weakness in the arm or hand, tingling, burning sensation in the arm or hand, numbness or weakness in the legs).
The doctor should be consulted if the neck pain occurred as a result of an accident or if it is accompanied by numbness in the arm, heaviness in breathing, stiffness in the neck. Also, any strong and persistent neck pain should be evaluated by a specialist.
Back pain in the chest area
Pain located in the middle of the back is manifested locally in the spine or in the area innervated by the irritated thoracic nerve, and may be accompanied by other symptoms (eg, numbness and tingling in the case of nerve compression).
In case of association with symptoms such as loss of urinary control or a feeling of weakness in the legs, a visit to the doctor is mandatory.
Back pain in the lower back
It can be felt as a sharp pain in the lower back, which is aggravated by standing. Although it is perceived as a fairly strong pain immediately after waking up, it seems to lose intensity during the day or when changing position. It may be accompanied by tingling and numbness in the legs.
In case of association with symptoms such as loss of urinary control, severe abdominal pain or fever and chills, medical help is needed.
Back pain in the coccyx area
It can be a dull pain, but in certain positions it becomes sharp. It manifests itself in a sitting position, when standing up, during prolonged standing, during bouts of coughing, during defecation or during sexual intercourse.
If it is accompanied by gait disorders, a visit to the doctor is necessary.