Understanding the Different Types of Chronic Back Pain: Your Guide to Relief

In this guide, we’ll explore the various types of chronic back pain to help you better understand your condition and find the pain relief you deserve.
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Back pain is a common complaint that can disrupt your daily life and limit your activities. According to the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University, 16 million adults experience chronic back pain that limits their everyday activity. If you’ve ever experienced it, you know how debilitating it can be. At RelievUS, we understand the importance of identifying the root cause of your back pain to provide the most effective treatment. In this guide, we’ll explore the various types of chronic back pain to help you better understand your condition and find the pain relief you deserve.

Muscle Strain and Sprain

  • Description: Often caused by overexertion, lifting heavy objects, or sudden movements.
  • Symptoms: Dull aching pain, muscle spasms, stiffness.
  • Treatment: Rest, ice, physical therapy, pain medications.

Herniated Disc

  • Description: When the soft inner core of a spinal disc pushes through the tough outer layer.
  • Symptoms: Radiating pain, numbness, tingling, weakness.
  • Treatment: Physical therapy, medications, epidural injections, surgery in severe cases.

Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD)

  • Description: Gradual wear and tear of the discs between spinal vertebrae.
  • Symptoms: Chronic low back pain worsens with activity.
  • Treatment: Physical therapy, pain management, lifestyle modifications.


  • Description: Compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down the leg.
  • Symptoms: Sharp shooting pain, numbness, tingling in the leg.
  • Treatment: Rest, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, epidural injections.

Spinal Stenosis

  • Description: Narrowing of the spinal canal, typically due to aging.
  • Symptoms: Pain, numbness, weakness in the legs, worsens with walking.
  • Treatment: Physical therapy, interventional pain management procedures, surgery for severe cases.


  • Description: Abnormal curvature of the spine.
  • Symptoms: Back pain, uneven shoulders or hips, postural changes.
  • Treatment: Bracing in adolescents, pain management, surgery in severe cases.

Facet Joint Pain

  • Description: Inflammation or degeneration of the facet joints in the spine.
  • Symptoms: Localized back pain and stiffness.
  • Treatment: Physical therapy, facet joint injections, radiofrequency ablation.

Muscle Imbalance

  • Description: When specific muscles in the back become weaker or tighter, leading to muscle pain.
  • Symptoms: Aching, discomfort, limited mobility.
  • Treatment: Physical therapy and exercises to restore balance.

Identifying the specific type of chronic back pain you’re experiencing is the first step toward effective treatment and relief. RelievUS is here to help you navigate your back pain journey, providing personalized care and solutions tailored to your needs. Don’t let chronic back pain control your life; take action today to regain your comfort and mobility. Reach out to us for expert guidance and a path to a pain-free future.