Treating Back Pain

Treating Back Pain

Back pain is a common ailment that can arise from a number of different causes, including accidents, muscle strains, spine structure problems, sports injuries, and poor posture.man with back pain

Most causes of back pain are not major concerns, but certain symptoms may indicate a serious problem. See one of our expert physicians at Physicians Immediate Care if you experience any severe symptoms or your pain lasts for more than two weeks.

One of our dedicated physicians will identify the location of the pain and examine your nerve function and range of motion to determine the cause of the pain so that it can be properly treated. A blood or urine test, X-ray, MRI, CT scan or EMG may also be performed as part of your diagnosis.

Common Symptoms

  • Chronic aches or stiffness anywhere on the spine
  • Sharp pain in the neck or back
  • Pain that extends from the lower back down to the toes
  • Muscle spasms in the lower back upon standing straight

Severe Symptoms

  • Weakness, numbness or tingling sensations in the arms, legs or groin
  • Back pain that continues down the back of the leg
  • Pain in the back agitated by bending forward or coughing
  • Back pain along with fever, or with frequent, urgent, or burning urination
  • Back pain accompanied by unexplained weight loss
  • Get medical assistance immediately if you experience reduced bowel or bladder control along with your back pain

Treatment

If your symptoms are minor, you can treat your back pain at home. Avoid strenuous activities, and maintain a good posture. Use an ice pack to reduce swelling, and then switch to a heating pad. Over-the-counter pain relievers can be used to ease your pain. After a few days, you should be able to start moderate exercise, such as walking, to strengthen the muscles that support your posture.

For chronic back pain, sleep on a medium-firm mattress, and avoid sleeping on your stomach.

Depending on the severity of your symptoms and the cause of your back pain, your doctor may prescribe pain relievers, muscle relaxants, or other medications. Chiropractic and osteopathic treatment, nerve stimulation, counseling, or surgery may also be recommended by your doctor.

Don’t live in unnecessary pain. For effective back pain treatment by skilled physicians, book your appointment online, or walk in and visit us at one of our convenient locations today. We’re open seven days a week and we’re ready to help.