Diagnosing back pain that is caused by stress might be a little challenging. Your physician will first need to rule out any other serious spinal disorders, tumors, structural causes, or infections. They will determine this through a thorough physical exam.
Once it is determined that there are not underlying reasons for your back pain, they will begin looking for symptoms of stress-related pain. These symptoms are typically fairly similar to fibromyalgia.
These symptoms include:
- Muscle tender points
- Sleep disturbance and fatigue
- Back pain and/or neck pain
- Diffuse muscle aches
It is common for people who are suffering from stress-related back pain to complain about feeling pain simply from “moving around.”
How to treat stress-related back pain?
There are two main ways to treat stress related back pain. Education and psychotherapy are both helpful in helping patients accept that their pain is a result of their stress. This multidisciplinary approach allows them to address their unconscious rage, anger, and stress.
If you suffer from stress-related back pain, you may want to consider seeking the care of an experienced chiropractor in Vancouver WA. You might find that it reduces your stress and helps you to live a life free of pain. Click here to read about your first visit with A Family and Sports Chiropractic Clinic.