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LOW BACK PAIN

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACUTE AND CHRONIC PAIN?

Acute pain starts quickly and lasts less than 6 weeks. It is the most common type of back pain. Acute pain may be caused by things like falling, being tackled in football, or lifting something heavy. Chronic pain lasts for more than 3 months and is much less common than acute pain.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF BACK PAIN?

There are many causes of back pain. Mechanical problems with the back itself can cause pain. Examples are:

  • Disc breakdown
  • Spasms
  • Tense muscles
  • Ruptured discs
  • Injuries from sprains, fractures, accidents, and falls can result in back pain

There are many causes of back pain. Mechanical problems with the back itself can cause pain. Examples are:

Scoliosis
Spondylolisthesis
Arthritis
Kidney Stones
Infections
Endometriosis
Pregnancy
Fibromyalgia
Spinal Stenosis

Other possible causes of back pain are infections, tumors, or stress.

WHEN SHOULD I SEE A DOCTOR FOR PAIN?

You should see a doctor if you have:

  • Numbness or tingling
  • Severe pain that does not improve with rest
  • Pain after a fall or an injury

Or if you have pain plus any of these problems:

  • Trouble urinating
  • Weakness
  • Numbness in your legs
  • Fever
  • Weight loss when not on a diet

HOW IS BACK PAIN DIAGNOSED?

To diagnose back pain, your doctor will take your medical history and do a physical exam. Your doctor may order tests, such as:

  • X rays
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan
  • Blood tests

HOW IS BACK PAIN TREATED?

Medical tests may not show the cause of your back pain. There may be surgical options, or Physical Therapy may help. There may be relief with time alone. Possible treatment options and treatment injections that might be beneficial, which your doctor recommends include:

  • Epidural Steroid Injection
  • Facet Joint Steroid Injection
  • Nerve Root Block
  • Sacroiliac Joint Injection
  • Facet Radiofrequency Procedure
  • Medications
  • Physical Therapy
  • Counselling

For certain longstanding painful conditions, spinal cord stimulation may be an option.

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