Types of Back pain


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Types list: The list of types of Back pain mentioned in various sources includes:

  • Sciatica - back pain involving the legs.

Types discussion: Back pain that spreads to the leg is called sciatica and is a very common condition . Another common type of back pain is associated with the discs of the spine, the soft, spongy padding between the vertebrae that form the spine. Discs protect the spine by absorbing shock, but they tend to degenerate over time and may sometimes rupture. Spondylolisthesis is a back condition that occurs when one vertebra extends over another, causing pressure on nerves and therefore pain. Also, damage to nerve roots is a serious condition, called radiculopathy, that can be extremely painful.1

Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Pain - Hope Through Research: NINDS

Last revision: May 26, 2003

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