Back Pain Symptoms

Articles researched and written by Sally Ann Quirke, a fully qualified professional chartered Physiotherapist based in Ireland.

Where do you start with Back Pain Diagnosis?

In a nutshell, your Back Pain Symptoms will depend on both the condition and the structure that is causing the pain. Before deciding on an appropriate treatment for back pain, it is essential to diagnose carefully.

Let’s get a few principles sorted out first. Back pain can be either sudden or gradual in onset. Acute back pain can be defined as lasting less than five days while chronic back pain is defined as lasting more than 3 months. Once you acheive and early back pain diagnosis, the time before acute pain becomes chronic pain is the best time to get mechanical help (e.g. from your local Physiotherapist).

Back pain can be felt centrally in the back, on one side only or can radiate down the leg with or without back symptoms. When I work with individuals in my clinic, I generally look for one of 3 types of Back Pain:

  1. Muscle and Ligament Pain
  2. Disc Pain
  3. Medical Conditions

I go into more detail in the articles contained in this section.

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Symptoms of back pain

This article introduces the common symptoms of back pain that people typically get. It is important that you understand and can describe the symptoms of back pain to help get a diagnosis and get to the cause of the problem.

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