Don’t Let Debilitating Back Pain Consume Your Life
If you are suffering from debilitating back pain you are not alone. Back pain is one of the most common reasons people see a doctor or miss days at work or school. While chronic back pain is usually age-related, even school-age children can have back pain, and it can also result from a prior injury.
Back pain can range in intensity from a dull muscle ache to a sharp or shooting pain. Whether you are suffering from general lower back pain, compression fracture, disc herniation, degenerative joint disease, spinal stenosis, or post or failed surgery back pain, Accelerated Interventional Orthopedics can help with pain management and non-operative solutions.
Different Types of Back Pain
Back pain is typically defined as either acute or chronic. Acute back pain is short term. This type of back pain generally lasts anywhere between a few days to a few weeks. Acute back pain is often caused by lifting a heavy object, poor posture, or back spasms, even sneezing or coughing can lead to acute back pain. Most general lower back pain is acute back pain.
When the pain persists it is defined as chronic back pain. Chronic back pain is pain that has lasted for over three months, even after an initial injury or other acute back pain has been treated. Chronic back pain can be caused by degenerative joint disease, spinal stenosis, compression fracture, disc herniation, or failed surgery.
While most general low back pain is acute, acute low back pain can sometimes develop into chronic low back pain. If your back pain has persisted past a few weeks or is severe, you should consult an orthopedic doctor for treatment.
What Can Cause Back Pain?
Most back pain occurs in the lower back, specifically the lumbar region that supports most of the weight of the upper body. Strain, structural problems, and even everyday movements can all cause low back pain.
Strains: Repeated heavy lifting, a sudden awkward movement, or injury from exercise can cause muscle or ligament strain. Strains include tears in tendons or muscle. Strains can also occur due to trauma from a fall, playing sports, or even a vehicle accident. The same movements that can cause sprains may also cause sprains, which are overstretched or torn ligaments, and spasms, which is the sudden contraction of a muscle or group of muscles.
Structural problems: When there is a structural problem in the way the spine, muscle, intervertebral discs, and nerves fit together and move it can be a cause for acute back pain. Compression fracture, disc herniation, degenerative joint disease, spinal stenosis are all structural problems that can lead to back pain.
Movements: Even your typical everyday actions, like twisting, coughing, sneezing, bending, pushing, pulling, standing for long periods, driving long distances without a break, or sleeping on an unsupportive mattress can lead to back pain.
Don’t Let Back Pain Consume Your Life
Even if you eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly, at some point your back is likely to cause you problems. Back pain can quickly prevent you from doing the things you love the most. Dealing with back pain can quickly become a source of stress, particularly if you don’t know the cause.
Whether you are dealing with chronic or acute back pain, Dr. Rich and the team will work with you to uncover the cause of your pain. Then we will help you explore treatments and relief options, including both pain management and non-operative solutions. We’ll use our expertise and ongoing education and training to customize a treatment plan to get your living pain free.
Contact us today to get back to a healthy life.
- Back pain is one of the most common reasons people see a doctor or miss days at work or school.
- Back pain is typically defined as either acute or chronic. Acute back pain is short term while chronic back pain lasts longer than three months.
- Most back pain occurs in the lower back. Strain, structural problems, and even everyday movements can all cause low back pain.