What if you are one of the unlucky people who have back pain that won’t go away? Sometimes it becomes clear that simply controlling the symptoms isn’t enough. Something needs to be done about the problem. Of course, in order to do something, we first need to come up with a diagnosis.
The great majority of people with back pain have acute attacks that will resolve and never come back. Unfortunately, some people are plagued by pain that persists for months or years, or pain that keeps coming back over and over. We can divide back pain into two basic categories; acute and chronic.
The neck is comprised of 7 bones (vertebrae) that protect the spinal cord. There are pairs of nerves which come out from the spinal cord and run between the vertebra. Also, between the vertebra, there are discs which cushion each bone and provide some shock absorption.
The hip joints are the large weight-bearing junctions of where your leg (femur) and pelvis come together. Just as with any other mobile joint, the hips can become a source of pain. The pain can be caused by injury, wear and tear over time or other disease processes.
The knee joints are hinge-type joints where your upper and lower leg bones come together. Most knee pain has something to do with either the cartilage (otherwise known as the meniscus), the bones, ligaments, tendons, muscles, tissues or a combination of these.