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How do you know if back pain is muscular?

I am a 26 year old male and I have back pain. How do you know if back pain is muscular?

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Muscle, bones. nerves, and circulation are always intertwined. Have it checked by a Chiropractor.
It depends on what is going on with it. You would need to get it checked out first but you can go to a chiropractor for that.
it would be difficult to find out without a physical exam.
Muscular pain can feel more like tension, tightness or spasms. Joint pain can be sharp if soft tissues are involved like muscle but can feel more like stiffness or feel like you are stuck in a certain position. Muscles can also mimic this stuck feeling if you get a severe spasm
Excellent question and thanks for inquiring. As a chiropractor, we are the most authoritative in addressing Neuro-musculoskeletal problems because our focus is the central nervous system, that’s protected by skeletal bones called vertebrae, and when stressed (physical, chemical, emotional) the result is Vertebral Subluxation Complex.
This is a very good question and has a lengthy answer. I am going to suggest that you "Google" for articles with the terms "differentiate muscle pain from nerve pain", or "differentiate muscle pain from joint pain". There are plenty of good sources that you can rely on to help you make this distinction.
One simple thing you can do is roll on a tennis ball or foam roller. If that helps it is most likely muscular. Getting evaluated by a chiropractic kinesiologist would help you determine definitively.
Muscular pain is localized and pain usually comes out if you put the injured muscle into action.