Referred Back Pain: What’s It All About?

back care advice from our ealing chiropractorBack pain is a sign that something’s not quite right with your back, isn’t it? Well, not always.

Sometimes the ache, pain or discomfort you feel in your back may be coming from an entirely different part of your body. This is what the medical profession class as “referred pain”.

Referred pain is a pain that’s felt in an area that is located away from the actual cause. Most of us have experienced referred pain, such as when our tense shoulders have resulted in a headache, for example.  But when it comes to referred back pain, our Ealing chiropractor warns there are certain serious causes that should be ruled out. If you are suffering from undiagnosed back pain, take a look at the following common-spine related back problems.

Kidney Stones and Back Pain

Kidney stones are hard pieces that form in the organ. They can cause pain, including sharp or severe lower back pain.

Other symptoms may include blood in the urine, pain when urinating and/ or severe abdominal discomfort. Many patients also report pain in the flank or the groin area.

Pain due to kidney stones can be short or long lasting and is often mistaken for general back pain.

Prostate Problems and Back Pain

If you’re male, undiagnosed back pain may be a tell-tale sign that you have a prostate problem.  Many prostate problems only cause back pain late in the process so it’s crucial that you attend routine check-ups. If you haven’t been for a prostate check-up, book one up now, even if you don’t currently suffer with back pain.

Gallstones and Back Pain

Similar to kidney stones, gallstones are hard pieces that form in the organ. Gallstones can be hard or small and cause many symptoms including pain under your right shoulder blade. According to our Ealing chiropractor, up to around 60% of patients may experience referred back pain as a result of gallstones, so if you’re in doubt, get your pain checked out!

Remember that while most cases of back pain are due to simple causes, the body is a complex machine that can sometimes do the unexpected. The important thing to remember is to never ignore your back pain or dismiss it as one of those “normal” niggles. Get a diagnosis; get the right answers.


The Spine and Joint CentreFrom the Team at The Spine and Joint Centre
(Formerly the Richdales Chiropractic Centre)

Experienced Ealing and Harrow Chiropractors that care for You
Serving the local communities of North West London
Including Ealing, Harrow, Wembley and Sudbury

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