Many people develop back pain sometime during their lives, but for some it can become a chronic condition. Back pain may occur if you have poor posture, excess weight, are pregnant, or if your work requires you to lift, twist, or bend. If you are experiencing relentless back pain, contact a Hughston physician for a diagnosis and treatment plan.
Why does my back hurt?
Common causes of back pain include soft tissue injuries and age-related changes. Soft tissue injuries may stem from poor posture, improper lifting, or sudden movements that apply too much stress on back muscles. Back pain can also be related to joint and disc disease. Check with a Hughston physician who specializes in the spine to see what treatments can relieve your discomfort.
Common injuries we treat
If you have chronic—or long-term—back pain, there are many treatment options available. Your doctor may refer you to physical therapy, or recommend a back brace for you to wear. Other treatments include massage or heat therapy, ice packs, or medication. Your doctor may recommend surgical intervention after nonsurgical treatments are exhausted. Here are some of the spine injuries and conditions our physicians treat:
- Compression fracture
- Degenerative disc disease
- Facet joint dysfunction
- Herniated disc
- Ligament sprains
- Low back pain
- Muscle strains
- Neck pain
- Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
- Spinal stenosis
- Osteoarthritis affecting the spine
Don’t suffer with chronic back pain
Most minor back injuries will heal in 3 to 4 months; therefore, your back pain is considered chronic if it lasts longer. Chronic back pain often involves a disc, joint, or nerve. Which means your long-term pain could be from a herniated or degenerative disc, or facet or sacroiliac joint dysfunction. If you have chronic back problems, you don’t have to suffer with the pain, contact a Hughston spine specialist today.