Back Pain Treatment
What is Back Pain?
Back Pain is extremely common in society and can range from mid back pain all the way down to lower back pain. Back pain can also range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to patients to move. It can start on its own, or it could be a result of lifting something too heavy and it can continue to worsen.
What Causes Back Pain?
Poor physical fitness – patients who are in poor physical shape tend to have a higher incidence of back pain.
Obesity – patients that are obese tend to be in poor physical shape, leading to a higher incidence of back pain.
Heredity – back pain unfortunately with certain conditions tends to be hereditary, though not for all causes of back pain.
Smoking – Tobacco use degenerates the intervertebral discs, which can be a cause of back pain. Smoking slows down healing, leading to a greater chance that the back pain becomes chronic.
Occupation – Jobs that involve heavy lifting/twisting or bending have a higher chance of leading to back pain for the employees.
When should I call my doctor?
We recommend seeking the assistance of a medical professional or spinal specialist when the pain fails to improve with light activities for a few days, or is associated with the following:
- Weakness in your legs
- Changes in your bowel/bladder
- Unintentional weight loss
Back Pain Management At Home
Back pain can be controlled with anti-inflammatories, core building exercises and expectant management including avoiding heavy bending/lifting/twisting.
How Long Can My Back Pain Last?
At times back pain can last one to two weeks, but sometimes up to six to twelve weeks. In the case of severe pain, we recommend coming to our office for treatment.
Back Pain Treatment
Treatment for patients who have back pain can range from a few days of mild activities all the way on the other end of the spectrum – surgery. Patients with only mild back pain symptoms can benefit from:
- Core strengthening exercises
- Spinal Decompression
- Postural training
- Anti-inflammatories medications
- And possibly chiropractic treatment.
Patients with significant back pain that is causing pressure on either the nerve roots or the spinal canal may be suffering from spinal stenosis. In this case, we may recommend undergoing a series of epidural injections in which a licensed medical provider places steroid medications near the area where the nerves are compressed or irritated.
How Does Spinal Decompression Work?
Spinal Decompression Therapy involves stretching the spine, using a traction table or similar motorized device to help relieve back pain.
Will I need an MRI?
An MRI is only needed if the pain does not subside with anti-inflammatories, exercises, expectant management and if the pain is present for approximately 6-12 weeks.
How Can I Prevent a Back Injury?
To avoid a back injury or a new injury we advise avoiding heavy bending/lifting/twisting, losing weight, regular exercise and a healthy diet with stress minimization.
Schedule a consultation
If you are experiencing severe back pain, Call our office today 817-916-4685 to schedule a consultation at one of our convenient locations in Fort Worth, Irving, Dallas and surrounding areas in Texas.