Is That A Crack In My Back? Identifying Back Pains

In our previous two articles, we learned about disc bulges and herniations and various back problems. We conclude this series with a very important instalment: learning how to describe the type of pain you’re experiencing!

The key to getting the right treatment is to establish which type of back pains and symptoms you may be suffering. Hence, it’s important to learn how exactly to express and describe your pain, so that your chiropractor can diagnose you more accurately!

Types of pains

Most back pains are mechanical—that is, they’re mostly felt in your spinal joints, discs, vertebrae or soft tissues. To identify the source of your pain, you must first understand how the spine is built.

Our spine is made of 24 solid blocks or vertebrae stacking on top of each other. Between each vertebra, there is a soft, gel-like cushion called a disc that absorbs pressure and keeps the spine flexible. Around the vertebrae and discs are ligaments, tendons and muscles. With these in mind, you’ll be better able to locate the source of your pain.

Vertebrae (white structures) are connected to each other by spinal discs (blue structures) and are surrounded by ligaments, tendons and muscles (not pictured).

In these spinal structures, you may feel the following types of pain:

  • Muscle spasm
  • Stiffness
  • Dull aches
  • Sharp stabbing pain
  • Burning pain
  • Electric-like shooting pain
  • Pins & Needles and tingling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness


If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, one of the best options would be to seek a chiropractor!

Chiropractors are practitioners who specialise in the diagnosis and treatment of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system and nervous systems, especially the spine.

While the list above isn’t exhaustive, using these descriptors goes a long way in giving your chiropractor a clearer idea of your exact situation, making an accurate diagnosis and customising a treatment plan that more closely suits your unique needs.


We hope that this series has helped you better understand the various causes of back pain, how to manage or treat your condition and how to articulate your experience! This knowledge will enable you to help your chiropractor help you better.

If you’re experiencing any back issues, consult a chiropractor to find out what is causing your back pain and treatment solutions. Give us a call at 62084669 or drop us an email!

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