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.
Causes of 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
How can I control my back pain, in the meantime, before going to the doctor?
Back pain can be controlled with anti-inflammatories, core building exercises and expectant management including avoiding heavy bending/lifting/twisting.
How quickly will my back pain go away?
At times within 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 symptoms from back pain symptoms can range from core strengthening exercises, postural training, medications starting with oral anti-inflammatories, therapy, massage, braces, 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.
Will I need an MRI?
An MRI is only needed if the pain does not subside with anti-inflammatories, exercises, expectant management and if pain is present for approximately 6-12 weeks.
How can I prevent another back injury?
Prevention of another back injury includes avoiding heavy bending/lifting/twisting, losing weight, regular exercise and a healthy diet with stress minimization.
Schedule a consultation
If you are experiencing back pain and are interested in learning more about treatments we offer, please contact our office. DFW Center for Spinal Disorders serves Fort Worth, Dallas, Irving and surrounding areas in Texas. Call 817-916-4685 today!