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Risks of Untreated Chronic Back Pain


Pain can be an agonising experience for human body. Pain that affects daily routine, work efficiency and emotional well-being of a person is of particularly great concern. Back pain is one such complex condition that has affected millions across the globe. Back pain is considered chronic if it persists for more than 12-15 weeks. Chronic pain across the back, especially lower back is characterized by feeling of soreness and stiffness along with strong shooting and burning sensation. While in most cases, it is diagnosed to have originated from various factors like injury/trauma, disease/infection and prolonged stress on the back, there are some cases where there isn’t any apparent reason for the pain.

The severity of the pain is often miscalculated and the pain is allowed to go untreated. From ailments, to reduced awareness, weakened immune system and emotional insecurity, chronic back pain can take a toll on one’s personal and professional lives. It affects our lives more than we can imagine.


Untreated back pain can aggravate in no time. A person suffering from pain is unable to perform usual activities like sitting at one place for a certain period of time, lifting heavy objects, running, swimming, sleeping or manoeuvring oneself in any position. People ignoring long-term pain usually have trouble concentrating and have to face serious issues concerning their work and personal lives.

Anxiety and Stress

Long term chronic pain in the back and the inability to diagnose and treat it can lead to frustration and disappointment, and ultimately to anxiety and stress. Finding oneself become burden on others, depending too much on medicines and failing to lead a normal lifestyle often lead to depression. Anxiety and stress can aggravate the pain, so worry and anxiousness shouldn’t be allowed to get in the way of treatment.

Medical Risks

Chronic pain can turn into a potential disease if it goes untreated. Orthology hospitals can help to diagnose diseases like ankylosing spondylitis, arthritis, recurring migraines which are conditions that might be a directly related with chronic back pain. Recently, studies have shown that chronic pain can affect the nervous system as well. Cells in the spinal cord and brain age and deteriorate at a much higher rate and it becomes increasingly challenging for a person suffering from chronic pain to recover and do multiple things at the same time.


Untreated pain can be potentially dangerous, so pain in the back should be treated early and chronic pain must be avoided. This is the reason why orthology hospitals must be involved for effective and precise diagnosis of the ailment early. There are a number of other common treatment of the pain early on, like regular physiotherapy exercises, nutritious diet, medication, pain management therapies and regular check-ups. Ultimately, the treatment depends on the individual and the severity of pain. However, one thing is certain: early detection and treatment would always lead to a more pain-free lifestyle.


Source by Prachi Tyagi

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