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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

Back Pain Specialist

Dr Mathew Tung Neurosurgeon

Dr Mathew Tung, Neuro Spine Specialist Treating Back Pain

Treatment for Back Pain

What can be an alternative remedy for my lower back pain other than surgery?

Spine Surgery

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