Is This Your Pain?
Lower back pain can be sharp, dull, achy, burning, on either side or middle like a belt; constant or intermittent. Pain can radiate into the buttock, hip, groin, leg(s), sometimes all the way down to the foot. Numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness can be associated with the pain. Pain can increase with bending, lifting, standing, walking, or even sitting depending on the origin of the pain. Causes include: herniated or bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, sciatica, facet or sacroiliac joint arthritis.
SI joint paint is often dull, achy, and very low in the back: below the level of L5-S1 disc. The SI joint pain can radiate into the buttocks or down the posterior thigh and occasionally past the calf. The pain is typically increased with sitting, scooting in bed, or going up and down stairs. Potential causes of SI joint pain are traumatic injury like a crash, fall or blow to the hip; pregnancy, past or present; structural asymmetry such as different leg lengths; and degenerative osteoarthritis, a breakdown of cartilage inside the joints.
Neck pain can be sharp, dull, achy, burning, on left, right, or both sides; constant or intermittent. Neck pain can radiate into the upper back, shoulders, armpit, or arm(s). Numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness can be associated with the pain. Neck or arm pain can be increased by looking up or down, or with arm movement. Causes include herniated or bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, or facet joint arthritis.
Elbow, Knee, ...
Joints are formed by the connection of two bones. Pain is typically dull or achy, but occasionally sharp. Generally, no numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness is associated with the pain. Joint pain usually increases by using the joint. For example, standing or walking for knee and hip pain. Most common causes are degenerative arthritis, but rheumatoid arthritis, gout, sprains, inflammation of the bursa, ligaments, tendons, or fascia injury, such as tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, plantar fasciitis, hip bursitis, rotator cuff tears can also lead to joint pain with similar symptoms.
Middle back pain can be sharp, dull, achy, burning, constant or intermittent, on left, right, or both sides; constant or intermittent. Pain can radiate into the chest or abdomen. Numbness, tingling, or muscle weakness can be associated with the pain. Middle back pain can be increased by bending, lifting, or twisting. Causes include herniated or bulging discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, facet joint arthritis, or other problems.
Nerve, Muscle, ...
Nerve pain is often a burning pain. The pain can be related to a pinched nerve in the low back, neck, or caused by carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist. Nerve pain can also result from abnormal stimulation of nerves or decreasing function of nerves with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), or peripheral neuropathy.
Muscle pain is often described as sharp or burning pain, but can also be dull and achy. Trigger points, mini Charlie horses in the muscle, are a major cause of chronic pain in the muscle.
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