Many adults suffer from different types of back pain for various reasons. Lower left back pain and upper middle back pain are perhaps the most common complaints among ordinary people as a result of poor posture or muscle strain. Most cases of back pain do not require medical intervention. However, for athletes, particularly runners, any type of back pain regardless of the severity requires special attention. Back pain can be disturbing and can interrupt a person’s normal routine. It can also significantly affect the performance of runners in the track during practice or actual competition. More so in the case of right side back pain as this type of pain may be a sign of a serious underlying condition requiring medical treatment.
Below are the possible underlying conditions associated with pain in the right side of the back:
- Urinary Tract Infection
Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is a condition that can affect the ureters, urethra, bladder and kidneys. Aside from back pain, its other symptoms include pain during urination, frequent urge to urinate, reduced urine output, pressure in the pelvic bone, and reddish, pink or cloudy urine. Oftentimes, patients also experience fatigue.
- Slipped Disc
Slipped disc is a condition that affects the cartilage discs in between the small bones in the spinal cord. These discs serve as a shock absorber and add flexibility to the range of motion. When any of the discs slips out of place, the condition is known as slipped or herniated disc. Because the disc can no longer function effectively, it puts more pressure on the spinal nerves which in turn causes inflammation and pain in the back.
- Scapular Fracture
This type of fracture affects the shoulder blade as a result of a fall or accident. Aside from back pain, it also causes reduced functionality of the arm and swelling in the affected shoulder.
- Lumbar Muscle Strain
The lumbar muscle strain normally causes pain in the lower right side of the back. It can develop as a result of sudden movement that triggers muscle spasm or of routinely lifting heavy objects. The pain associated with this condition can be intense and it may occur suddenly or gradually. Aside from the pain, its other symptoms include bruising, swelling and reduced back movement.
- Gallbladder Problems
Gallstones and inflammation in the gallbladder can also trigger back pain. The pain usually starts at the middle right side of the back and extends to the upper back into the shoulder. Back pain caused by gallbladder problems normally comes with nausea, vomiting and stomach pain.
All the conditions listed above require professional attention. Ordinary pain in the right side of the back usually shows improvement within a day or two. However, if the pain is recurring and comes with other symptoms, then an underlying condition is causing the pain. Although some people might be able to self-diagnose back pain based on the symptoms described above, it is recommended to see a doctor or specialist for proper diagnosis and immediate treatment.