A backache (bāk’āk’) is the most common pain which more than 90% of our population experience at least once in their life and is a number one reason for absence from work and consults a doctor.It is a serious global p
A backache may be experienced at any age, it commonly hits in adults aged between 35 and 55 years. Experts say that a backache is associated with the way our bones, muscles, and ligaments in our backs work and connect together.
There is a variety of a backache like acute, sub-acute and chronic according to its duration.
Depending on the underlying cause of the pain, symptoms can be experienced in a variety of ways. For example:
* Pain that is dull or achy, contained to the low back
* Stinging, burning pain that moves from the low back to the backs
of the thighs, sometimes into the lower legs or feet; can
include numbness or tingling (sciatica)
* Muscle spasms and tightness in the low back, pelvis, and hips
* Pain that worsens after prolonged sitting or standing
* Difficulty standing up straight, walking, or going from standing
Soft-tissue injuries and mechanical issues are the basic cause of low back pain. These injuries can include damage to the compression of nerve roots, intervertebral discs, and improper movement of the spinal joints. One of the most common reasons for lower back pain is a torn or pulled muscle and/or ligament.
A backache or back pain may be due to some of our everyday activities or poor posture.
* Lifting something.
* Bending down for long periods.
* Carrying something.
* Bending awkwardly.
* Muscle tension.
* Long driving period without a break.
* Pulling or pushing something.
* Bad posture while using a computer.
The following is the list of factors which may develop a backache :
* Overweight and Obesity.
* Pregnancy – pregnant women are much more likely to get back pain
* A mentally stressful job.
* A sedentary lifestyle.
* Backache is more common among females than males.
* Tough physical exercise (especially if not done without
learning from a proper trainer)
How we may prevent a backache :
There are few steps we may take to prevent a backache:
• Lose weight ( if overweight ).
• Get regular exercises, such as walking.
• Learn about the correct posture.
• Take care when pulling or pushing or lifting or moving things.
When to visit a doctor
Do not take a backache lightly. Here’s when you should consult to your doctor about it.
• If the pain after any trauma or accident.
• It becomes unbearable.
• The pain persists for more than four to six weeks.
• A backache is worse at night
• If neurological problems are present (numbness, weakness, tingling in your arms or legs).
Sometimes backache may develop with no apparent cause. In this situation, a doctor should primarily focus on treating the symptoms and the patient’s overall health.
For chronic lower backache, a thorough case taking is important to lay the foundation for appropriate treatment and rehabilitation. It will reduce the likelihood of repetition of back pain flare-ups and helps prevent the development of chronic lower backache.
Major Homeopathic Remedies For Backache are as Following ;
EXCESSIVE SEXUAL INDULGENCE
A backache with Spinal Irritation from Sexual Excesses: Nux Vom.
Backache from Sexual Excesses, and after Emissions: Cobalt
Pain in back < when sitting; > on walking and on lying down. Weakness in legs. Lewd dreams. (Boericke)
Pain in Back from Wrestling and Excessive Sexual Indulgence: Symphytum Off.
Pain from Cervical to 5th. Dorsal Vertebra: Tell., Physos., Chin.sulf.
A perfect picture of spinal irritation.
A backache from Congested Kidneys with Dysurea: Solidago v.
Kidneys sensitive to pressure. “Favorite when the kidneys are irritated, sore and substantially inflamed, along with a severe backache”. Highest potencies. (Boger)
UTERUS & PREGNANCY
Secale Cornutum: It is indicated for sudden “catch” or “kink” in the back.
Argentum Nit: Pain in Small of Back.
Kali Carb: Backache after Parturition and Abortion.
“The particular combination of symptoms that we have under Kali-carb., the sweat, the backache and the weakness, is found in no other remedy. It acts well from higher to low potencies.” (CMM 737)
Helonias: Bearing Down Pain in Sacral Region.
Calc-Phos: Pain in Sacro-Iliac Symphysis during Pregnancy:
Aesculus Hippocastanum: Lameness of back with Leucorrhea.
Aggravation after menses: especially across sacro-iliac articulation.
Abrotanum: Pain in Sacrum with Hemorrhoids.
Usually, Aesc-Hip is thought of here. (Boericke)
Variolinum: Excruciating Backache; Pain shifts from back to abdomen. Aching in legs. Tired all over with restlessness. Wrist pain.
Rheumatism of the Back
Rheumatic Stiffness of Back: Stict, Pulm.
Calc-Ost. (Calc.Carb): Indicated in general rheumatism. The symptoms and causations are Rheumatic affections, caused by working in water. Rheumatism of the muscles of the back and shoulders, after the failure of Rhus-Tox. It is also indicated in gouty nodosities, about the fingers. It may be useful in constitutional gout and in arthritis deformations.
Rhus Tox.: It seems to be the best remedy we have for a backache and lumbago, whether the pains are better from motion or not. It seems to have a special affinity to deeper muscles of the back. Often like Nat.mur.
Natrum Mur: A backache, as well as pain, in the loins, are better from lying on the back or on something hard; and he also gets much relief from massaging and warm applications upon the affected part.
Calc-Fluorica: A gout remedy to follow Rhus-t. in chronic cases. Lumbago, worse on beginning to move but improving on continued motion.
Hypericum: Spine: after a fall; the slightest motion of arms or neck extorts cries; spine very sensitive to touch.
Lobelia-Inflata: Sacrum, extreme sensitiveness; cannot bear the slightest touch, even of a soft pillow; sits leaning forward to avoid contact with clothes.
Phosphorus : Burning in spots along the spine; between the scapulae; or intense heat running up the back.
Lachnanthes: As of a piece of ice, between scapulae.
Picric-Acid: Burning along the spine and great weakness of spine and back; softening of cord.
Zincum-Met: Spinal affections; burning the whole length of spine; a backache much < from sitting > by walking about.
Homeopathic remedies for a backache in a glance are ;
References : 1. Boericke
2. ” The Gleanings-XV The Back “, by Dr. M. A. Usmani.
3. ” Keynote Prescription ” by Nilanjana Basu.
Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Qualified homeopath’s personal case taking and prescription accordingly gives better results.