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Back Pain


Back pain is the second most common reason people go to the doctor or miss work, next to the common cold, and it is a leading cause of disability worldwide.

Fortunately, you can take measures to prevent or relieve most back pain episodes. If prevention fails, simple home treatment and proper body mechanics often will heal your back within a few weeks and keep it functional. Surgery is rarely needed to treat back pain. Back pain can be acute, meaning short-term, or chronic, meaning long-term. Acute back pain can usually be treated through conservative measures, such as hot or cold compresses, massage therapy, or over-the-counter pain relievers. Chronic pain usually needs a number of alternative and interventional treatment options to provide consistent lasting pain relief.


Back pain can be caused by multiple injuries, conditions, and diseases. For example, back pain may arise from an underlying condition, such as sciatica, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, or spinal stenosis, and osteoporosis. It’s also common for back pain to be caused by a direct injury, overuse injury, or severe trauma. Many people can experience back pain from many contributing sources.


Back pain can range from a muscle aching to a shooting, burning, or stabbing sensation. In addition, the pain may radiate down your leg or worsen with bending, twisting, lifting, standing, or walking. Patients with back pain that lasts longer than 3 months should see a specialist, as this type of pain is considered chronic.


Chronic pain can be treated in several different ways. Conservative measures may be considered first. Those treatments include rest, cold hot compresses, and over-the-counter pain medications. If the pain continues longer, interventional pain treatments are then recommended. Interventional treatments include steroid injections, trigger point injections, radiofrequency (burning of the nerves), and stimulation.


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