A guide to the causes and treatments for muscular back pain

If you are suffering from a new onset of back pain, you may find yourself wondering if your pain is muscular or related to another underlying condition. The human body is home to more than 650 different muscles. The spine is surrounded by more than 30 muscles, each serving a different function in maintaining and stabilizing the spinal column. In the majority of cases, new onset of back pain can be related to muscular irritation, strain or damage, rather than other spinal conditions.

Causes of muscular back pain

The most common cause of muscular back pain is muscle strain. Acute muscle strain is often caused by overuse or activity and produces painful symptoms almost immediately. This type of muscle strain is generally temporary, not causing any lasting damage, pain or symptoms. The alternative type of muscular strain is chronic and often develops over prolonged periods of time. This type of muscle strain can be caused by activities or conditions including:

  • Improper posture for long periods of time
  • Repetitive motions
  • Non-ergonomic work space
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Poor lifting technique
  • Chronic overexertion
  • Physiological stress

Treatment for muscular back pain

Suffering from muscular pain can be debilitating and have a devastating impact on a patient’s quality of life, potentially even leading to psychological problems. The most common form of treating muscular strain is rest and low-impact stretching and exercise. Because the muscles naturally repair themselves, the best approach to treatment is to limit your excessive use and movement of the muscles to allow them to recover from your strenuous activity.

If after allowing time for your muscles to rest and recover you are still experiencing chronic pain, talk to your physician about the other options available. It is also beneficial to be tested for other conditions, such as a herniated disc or spinal arthritis, which may be causing some of the associated pain you are experiencing. At Laser Spine Institute we treat a number of the most common debilitating spine conditions. Contact our team today if you have been diagnosed with a spine condition and are exploring surgical options.

We can help you receive a review of your most recent MRI or CT scan* to see if you may be a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.