Back pain occurs when the nerves, muscles, tendons, discs or bones along the spine are damaged or strained. The pain can be located in the upper, middle or lower back, and it can be very difficult to tolerate. Back pain can occur in people of all ages, but it is less common in children and older adults. Back pain typically disappears on its own in a few weeks, and surgery is rarely used as treatment.
Common Causes of Back Pain:
Since the spine is complex and is made up of many parts, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of back pain. In many cases, back pain is simply the result of poor posture and using the wrong techniques to lift heavy objects. However, back pain can also be caused by:
- Herniated discs
- Kidney infection
- Ovarian cysts
- Spinal stenosis
- Paget’s disease of bone
- Sprains and strains caused by car wrecks, sports or other injuries
- Cauda equina syndrome
Back pain may be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication or with the application of heat or cold to the affected area. However, severe back pain may require anesthetic or analgesic drugs for relief. Many patients have also found that their pain is reduced through acupuncture, biofeedback, behavior modification and relaxation, while others require nerve blocks or corticosteroid drugs to ease their pain. Since back surgery is extremely risky and may cause additional pain, doctors may use it as a last resort after other treatments have failed.
When to Seek Medical Attention:
Most back pain will ease after a few days of resting in bed. If your pain has not disappeared after three days of resting and the use of over-the-counter medication, it’s time to visit our emergency center. Some symptoms to look out for include:
- Unusual bladder or bowel control issues
- Appearance after a sports injury, severe car wreck or bad fall
- Pain that extends down the back and below the knees
If you are experiencing excruciating back pain, please visit our emergency rooms. Our 24-hour doctors are experienced and knowledgeable and available anytime you have medical needs.
If you’re suffering from back pain that is persistent or intolerable, let our board-certified doctors at SignatureCare Emergency Center help you out. Our 24 hour Urgent Care facility has board certified physicians available to treat back pain. Schedule an Appointment or visit our Emergency Room anytime. We have little to no wait in the ER. Schedule an emergency room appointment with us.