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Back Pain & Injuries

Lower Back Pain might be annoying and possibly dangerous if not treated properly. Common causes of this type of back pain include strain, overuse, herniated disc, arthritis, osteoporosis and spinal stenosis. This pain may also be the result of severe trauma due to falls or car accidents. Pain resulting from trauma may fade over a time period, but it is possible to develop chronic pain as well.

Symptoms of lower back pain can range from mild, dull, annoying pain to severe disabling pain in the lower back. It might be felt in a central location or spread over a wide area. The pain may come on suddenly, or it may come on gradually. Other symptoms may include stiffness, limited mobility and numbness and tingling in the legs.

Treatment depends on the underlying cause of the discomfort or pain. Back pain remedies may include heat and ice therapy, pain relievers, muscle relaxers and anti-inflammatory medications. Severe cases may need surgery as well.

Causes of lower back pain

Some common causes for the lower back pain:

  • Strenuous activity or improper use (repetitive or heavy lifting, exposure to vibration for prolonged periods of time)
  • Trauma, injury or a fracture
  • Degeneration of vertebrae (often caused by stresses on the muscles and ligaments that support the spine or the effects of aging)
  • Obesity (often caused by increased weight on the spine and pressure on the discs)
  • Sprain or strain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Protruding or herniated (slipped) disk
  • Diseases like Osteoarthritis, Spondylitis, Compression fractures, etc.

Treatment for Lower Back Pain

In order to diagnose back pain and recommend the treatment that will facilitate the healing process, our physicians conduct a thorough physical examination.

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