Chronic Back Pain
This is pain that is ongoing for more than three months. Many chronic back pain patients have had symptoms for years. Typically, we associate pain with an injury and the injured tissue heals over time and the pain goes away.
This is a typical characteristic of acute pain. Chronic back pain is different. Chronic back pain persists and may vary in intensity. It may be caused by an ongoing mechanism such as arthritis, persistent nerve root compression, nerve root injury or other ongoing processes.
Not all back pain that persists will turn into chronic back pain, thou a condition that appears relatively minor can lead to severe chronic back pain, and a serious condition can be barely painful at all.
In some cases, the exact cause of the pain cannot be identified and can be associated with changes that have taken place within the nervous system itself. If you are experiencing acute back pain or chronic back pain its always a good idea to talk to a back pain specialist.