Back pain is a common problem that can range from a mild, dull ache to a sharp, stabbing pain. Various factors, including muscle strain, ligament sprain, arthritis, osteoporosis, or spinal stenosis, can cause it. Injuries, such as a fall or car accident, can also cause back pain. Back pain can sometimes be a symptom of a more serious underlying medical condition, such as cancer or a spinal cord injury.
Back pain can occur in any part of the back, including the lower, middle, and upper back. It can also radiate to other body areas, such as the arms, legs, and feet. The severity of back pain can vary greatly, and it may come and go or be constant.
Back pain can affect people of all ages, although it is more common in adults. It is one of the most common reasons for missed work and is a leading cause of disability worldwide. Factors that may increase the risk of developing back pain include age, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, poor posture, and a history of back injuries. People who engage in repetitive lifting, bending, or twisting activities may also be more likely to experience back pain.
Back pain can affect people of any gender, although it may be more common in women due to factors such as pregnancy and menopause. People with certain medical conditions, such as arthritis or osteoporosis, may also be at an increased risk of experiencing back pain.
Ketamine is a medication primarily used as an anesthetic in medical procedures. It effectively provides pain relief and is often used in emergency department settings to manage acute pain. Ketamine can effectively reduce pain intensity and improve function in people with chronic low back pains.
Those with chronic pain show an overactivity of the NMDA receptors activated by glutamate. As a non-competitive NMDA antagonist, ketamine prevents glutamate from activating the NMDA receptor.
The inhibition of the NMDA receptor may cause a build-up of free glutamate, which then activates the AMPA receptors. When surplus glutamate activates the AMPA receptor, it releases a brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF, in interaction with the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), promotes new neural growth. This new growth may reroute the brain from hyperactive areas associated with chronic pain, thereby providing long-term relief.
Seeking treatment for back pain is important because it can help reduce pain, improve function, and prevent the condition from worsening. Left untreated, back pain can become chronic, which means it lasts for a long time or keeps coming back. Chronic back pain can interfere with daily activities and may lead to disability.
Treatment for back pain may involve a combination of self-care measures, such as rest, ice or heat therapy, over-the-counter pain medications, and physical therapy, as well as prescribed medications and, in some cases, surgery. Seeking treatment from a healthcare professional, such as a doctor or physical therapist, can help identify the cause of the back pain and determine the most appropriate treatment.
In some cases, back pain may be a symptom of a more serious underlying medical condition, such as cancer or a spinal cord injury. Seeking treatment can help to diagnose and treat these conditions.
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