The KidneysThe organs are located below the ribs, close to the middle/thoracic back. Healthy kidneys support and help with:
- The elimination of waste from the body
- Regulating blood pressure
- Making red blood cells
- Performing other essential jobs
- Kidney diseases
Spine Problem or Stone/sIf there is a feeling of kidney pain it is possible to come from one of two places and/or both. This could be distension/ballooning of the capsule called the ureter that surrounds the kidneys. The ureters are the tubes that are attached to each kidney and transport urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Urine contains salts and minerals. These minerals can clump together creating a kidney stone and block the ureters. The ureter contracts from the stone that is creating the blockage.
Spine Problem or InfectionA kidney infection could be another cause of back pain. Kidney infection/s are typically caused by bacteria. A dull throbbing could be sensed in the middle and/or upper back.
SymptomsSigns and symptoms associated with infection often include back, side, and groin pain as well as a combination of symptoms like:
- Burning sensation when urinating
- Constant sensation of needing to use the bathroom
CausesCauses that can increase the chances of developing an infection.
- Kidney stone/s
- Nerve damage that affects the bladder
- Spinal damage that does not allow the bladder to be emptied
- Urinary tract infection
Telling the DifferenceThere is no quick and easy way to figure out if it is back or kidney pain. Especially, if a constant aching is present. Seeing an experienced doctor or chiropractor is the recommended option for getting a formal and accurate diagnosis. A physical exam, family, and personal medical history will be collected along with various tests. Tests can include:
- Urine analysis
- Abdominal X-ray
- CT scan
- Using ice/heat on the area where there is discomfort
- Staying properly hydrated
- Diet adjustment/s
- Taking over the counter pain meds when necessary