Over 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives, and it can make even simple, everyday tasks unbearable. From the upper and middle back to the lower back and sciatica, back pain can interrupt or even halt many of your regular daily activities. That’s why we focus on diagnosing the cause of the back pain and educating our patients on how to live with and manage the pain.
Back pain has of many different symptoms, including muscle aches, stabbing pains or limited range of motion. It can be caused by a variety of conditions or injuries, such as arthritis, muscular or nerve problems, or degenerative disc disease.
Causes of Back Pain:
- Strained lumbar muscles
- Strained ligaments
- Muscle spasms
- Ruptured or herniated disk
- Lumbar Spine Arthritis
- Spine Cancer
- Spinal Stenosis
Signs and Symptoms of a Serious Back Problem:
- Chronic, intense pain that does not subside with rest or is not alleviated with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications
- Pain accompanied with a fever
- Pain that causes weakness, numbness or tingling in the limbs
- Pain that runs down the leg(s)
- Urinary incontinence and problems controlling your bowels
- Unexplained/unplanned weight loss
- Pain that results from a fall or an accident
Diagnosing the Cause
To pinpoint the cause of your back pain, your orthopedist will ask you to describe the type of pain you are experiencing, the frequency of the pain, the impact it is having on your daily activities and which activities result in the most pain. A physical examination will be conducted to evaluate your ability to sit, stand, lie down and lift your legs. Further tests may be required and can include X-rays, an MRI, bone scans, CT scans, blood tests, urine analyses or nerve tests. From these tests, we will identify your triggers in order to personalize a treatment routine that is most effective for you. We are here to help you get your normal life back on track.
Treating the Back Pain
Typically, most back pain improves within a few weeks using over-the-counter pain relievers and rest. If your back pain is caused by another condition or from an injury, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with our office. More severe pain requires stronger prescription medications, and sometimes, physical therapy/rehabilitation. A physical therapist can use heat, ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation and muscle techniques to help reduce back pain. You will be taught self-care exercises to do at home that will increase your flexibility and strengthen your back muscles. Regular use of the techniques you learn from your physical therapist will help prevent the back pain from returning. Anti-inflammatory injections are occasionally given to treat the symptoms of back pain, and extreme cases require surgery, such as disk removal or disk fusion.
We are equipped to help diagnose, treat and prevent your back pain. We strive to help all our patients heal and enjoy their lives again! If you’re suffering from back pain, please schedule a consultation with us today.