Know the difference between “just getting old” and back pain you can treat.
Back pain is a serious issue. Nearly 70 million Americans live with back pain at any given moment, making it the second most reported cause of distress at clinics and hospitals in the country.
It’s estimated that 4 in 5 individuals will experience some sort of serious back pain at least once in their lives. However, many people do not take their back pain seriously until the condition is one they can no longer live with. With a physician working on your back from the very start, you can avoid losing the time and energy to one of the human body’s greatest obstacles.
What We Treat
Lumbar Herniated Disc | Lumbar Spine Degenerative Joint Disease | Lumbar Bulging Disc | Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease | Lumbar Slipped Disc | Sciatica | Spinal Stenosis | Thoracic Bulging Disc | Thoracic Herniated Disc | Thoracic Slipped Disc | And More
Understanding Back Pain: What Causes Back Pain?
The back is to the human body as the tree trunk is to a tree: it acts as the single, unifying column that keeps all the rest of our body together. Because of this, there are countless issues and factors that can cause or influence back pain, which is exactly why it is so common.
Most cases of back pain are caused by mechanical issues in the body, involving parts of the spine getting damaged or pushed out of place in some way. These can include:
- Skeletal irregularities such as scoliosis
- Herniated discs
- Spinal stenosis
Factors that could influence the development (or prevention) of back pain include:
- Occupation (the amount of physical labor in your work)
- Level of fitness
- Sleeping conditions
- Mental health
Non-mechanical causes of back pain are generally more serious, and require a more thorough treatment plan. These can include:
- Kidney stones
- Joint inflammation
When Should I See a Doctor for Back Pain?
Back pain can be as dull as a persistent low-intensity throbbing in your back, or as excruciating as a series of sharp stabbing sensations across your spine that force you off your feet. While it is absolutely recommended to see a physician immediately if you experience sudden back pain caused by a single event (such as a car accident or work injury), it is also recommended to consult a physician if you believe that you’ve been experiencing long-term, low-intensity back pain, even if you aren’t entirely sure of it.
There are three types of back pain, all of which should prompt a visit to a physician:
- Acute: Pain lasting for a few days to 2-3 weeks
- Subacute: Pain lasting 1-3 months
- Chronic: Pain lasting over 3 months
How Will My Doctor Treat Back Pain?
Dr. Siegel at the Medical Center provides customized and personalized treatment and recovery plans to all his patients. This ensures that the care you receive is designed with you and your needs and condition in mind.
Contact us for an appointment today and start returning your back to perfect health.