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Back Pain

Back pain is pain felt in the upper or lower back, and, for adults, it’s a common complaint. It affects 8 out of 10 people at some point in their lives.

Back pain can be acute or chronic. Acute back pain comes on suddenly and will last from a few days to a few weeks, while chronic back pain lasts for 3 months or longer.

Causes of Back Pain

  • STRESS ON THE MUSCLES & LIGAMENTS that support the spine (a “couch potato” lifestyle, obesity and strenuous sports can increase the stress on these muscles and ligaments)
  • OSTEOARTHRITIS –  A condition where the surface layer of cartilage breaks down and wears away.
  • SCIATICA – Inflammation or compression of the sciatic nerve in the lower back.
  • OSTEOPOROSIS – A gradual weakening of bones that can lead to painful vertebral compression fractures.
  • HERNIATED DISK –  A ruptured disk that occurs from normal wear and tear or strain.
  • FIBROMYALIGIA – A chronic syndrome that produces aches, tenderness or stiffness in the muscles and joints where tendons attach to your bones.

Symptoms of Back Pain

  • Muscle aches
  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Pain that radiates down your leg
  • Limited flexibility or range of motion of the back
  • Inability to stand up straight
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When Should I see a Back Pain Specialist?

The most common back pain is experienced in the lower back and often goes away within 4-6 weeks. However, you should see a doctor if you have severe back pain that doesn’t go away in 3 days. You should also see a doctor if your back pain is the result of an injury or if you experience any of the following:

  • Numbness or tingling in your back
  • Weakness, pain, or numbness in your legs
  • Trouble urinating

Treatment for Back Pain

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