Back pain is a common problem that we treat at Integrated Pain Management clinics. Most people will deal with back pain at one point in their lifetime. Many of the people who ask for a sick day off do it because of back pain or lower back pain. Though most back pain cases are not serious, they can be very uncomfortable and extremely painful. Back pain is known to affect people in different ages but most patients are between 35 and 55 years. Experts have associated back pain with the connection of bones, ligaments and muscles and how they function together.
If the pain is in the lower back, it is linked to the discs found between the vertebrae, lumbar spine, spinal cord and nerves pelvic and abdomen organs, the skin around the lumbar area and the ligaments that surround the discs and the spine. If the pain is in the upper part of the back, it is usually linked to the inflammation of the spine, tumors located in the chest and aorta related disorders.
Who is at Risk of Developing Back Pain?
Anyone can develop back pain but there are factors that are known to increase the risk of having a painful back. If you are in a mentally stressful job, you are pregnant, live a sedentary lifestyle, dealing with anxiety, depression, you are overweight or obese, you smoke, or take part in strenuous activities, you are at a greater risk of developing back pain. Back pain has been found to affect older adults than younger people and children. It is also more prevalent in females than in males.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Back Pain
As the name suggests, the main symptom is pain in the back. Depending on what is causing the pain, it will be experience in the lower or upper part of the back. The pain might be localized in the affected area and in some cases; it might spread all the way to the buttocks and legs. In most cases, the pain and the symptoms will disappear after some time with or without medication.
There are some symptoms that should act as red flags and this means you should see a professional doctor if you experience them. These include unexplained weight loss, fever, back swelling, back pain that does not stop, pain that spreads to the legs, pain that goes below the knees, trauma or injury to the back, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, or difficulty urinating.
There are people who we believe should immediately see our Integrated Pain Management doctors if they experience back pain. These are people over 55 years or below 20 years. Drug and substance abusers, patients with a cancer history, people with immunity problems and people who have been taking steroids.
Back Pain is caused by many different things including strained muscles, ligaments and muscles spasms. The pain might also be as a result of structural problems, cancer, infection, sleep disorders, strenuous activities and poor postures. Lifting heavy things, bending awkwardly, carrying heavy items and sitting for long hours on uncomfortable chairs or in a poor sitting position can cause back pain problems.
The back pain diagnosis can be a complex process especially because our professional pain doctors will have to conduct tests to eliminate causes such as tumors, infections and structural misalignment. These tests are aimed at determining the cause if the pain and can be done using scans such as X-rays, MRI and CT scans. Our doctors will listen to the description of the back pain by the patient and will use the diagnosis to recommend the best treatment method.
Integrated Pain Management Clinics have professional doctors who are experts in dealing with different types of pain. When you walk into our clinics, the diagnosis process will begin to make sure that whatever back pain treatment you get is effective. We know that different pains are caused by different things and this is why we will look into your medical history and also ask some questions to determine the cause of the pain.
After the diagnosis process, the doctor will be in a better position to choose the treatment that will effectively eliminate the pain and suggest a change in lifestyle to avoid future cases of back pain. Are looking for back pain treatment? If you are, you have come to the right place and we will provide the best pain treatment and care to allow you to get back to your normal life without pain.