Symptoms Of Back Pain

Upper Back Pain, diagnosis is important!

Back pain probably is nothing new as many a people fall victim to this ailment from time to time. The symptoms, however, should not be ignored and taken seriously. In fact, a careful study and recognition of the symptom will probably allow you to get the job half done. Even if you can't give a correct statement of the symptoms to your doctor, he should be able to diagnosis it for you. Since the most common symptom of upper back pain is, of curse the pain itself, you should try to look at these following characteristics of the symptom:

* Pain intensity: You have to see to it how intense is the pain and how strong its signals are. As there is fluctuation in the intensity levels, it would be impossible to get a correct measurement of the pain from objective testing. Instead, doctors and other health care professionals have devised a way to analyze the intensity with visual assessment tools and questionnaires to help you communicate your particular level of pain.

* Types of pain. The types of pain you feel in your back and its location can indicate what exactly is going on with your spine. For example, tightness of muscles or burning and stabbing sensations in the back can indicate two very different conditions.

* Location of the pain: The location of the pain does not always relate to the area of the injury as pain can travel through the body or limbs as in sciatica. If you have “trigger points” or other myofascial pain, you might experience pain in a location which does not have anything to do with the actual problem site. The pain is usually located in multiple areas of the body and body diagrams can be used to map and track your pain which would then allow you to communicate your symptoms more clearly to the doctor. After identifying the cause of the pain pinpointing the location, he will probe the condition further.

* Pain Patterns: If your back pain normally occurs at a particular time or comes and goes throughout the day or is chronic, the information could prove to be very useful in diagnosis of the problem. Doctor will analyze changes in patterns of pain to monitor progress and he will decide on the best remedy and when to begin the treatment. Sometimes, however, being layers of pain combined together, make it difficult to diagnose properly the particular patter of pain. This pattern of pain also influences your decision to seek medical help and may be left alone for a long time till it is severe enough for you to consider consulting a doctor.

There are other symptom to look out for treatment as well such as disruption of functioning which has the capability of severely impairing your ability to perform at either work or play; and also psychological issues where pain which is usually chronic in this scenario accompanies with severe depression. Therefore, when you have upper back pain, it is very important to notice these factors in order to diagnose your particular condition as accurately as possible.