Back Pain

Condition

Definitions

If you have a problem with any part of your spine, you may encounter back pain.  People have different tolerances to back pain.  While some may just see it as a minor annoyance, others can see it as unbearable and debilitating.

Most pain goes away in about four to six weeks.  You should only choose surgery if there is no other option.

Causes

Strains to your back muscles or ligaments tend to be the main culprits when it comes to back pain.  Usually, this is a result from improper lifting techniques, bad posture, or poor exercise routines.  Those who are overweight may have an increase of risk of developing back pain. Past injuries such as vertebral fractures or ruptured disks could result in back pain as well.  Disease such as arthritis and other age induced changes in your spine can also impact your back. Other potential back pain causes are listed below.

  • Muscle Strains
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Herniated Disk
  • Kidney Infection
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Paget’s Disease of Bone
  • Poor Posture
  • Pregnancy
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spinal Fractures
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Sprains and Strains

Consult with your doctor if your pain remains continuous and unbearable (even if you lie down), it affects your legs, is accompanied by unintended weight loss, or you see swelling or redness on your back.

Call 911 if your back pain begins after an automobile accident, fall, or sports injury.  You should also see immediate medical care if back pain occurs with bowel and bladder control problems, or is introduced with a fever.

Give us a call today to see how our back pain treatments and specialists in New York can get you on the road of recovery.  Choose Hudson Spine and Pain Medicine!

Source: Mayo Clinic

Staff

Risa Ravitz, MD
Neurology / Pain Medicine
Jonathann Kuo, MD
Pain Medicine / Executive Director
Alexander Rances, DO
Pain Medicine / Medical Director
Robert Zhang, MD
Pain Medicine / Anesthesiology
Jessica Au, MD
Sports Medicine / Pain Medicine
Tanuj Palvia, MD
Pain Medicine / Fellowship Director

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