A majority of Americans will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives, but what do you do when it begins to affect your everyday lifestyle? Here at the Memorial Hospital, we understand how frustrating and potentially debilitating back pain can be, which is why we’ve committed ourselves to providing our patients with access to the reliable information and high-quality medical services. Learn more about common causes of back pain below and consult with a doctor about your treatment options:
Physical strain, either due to exercise or heavy lifting, can cause tissue damage to the spine, resulting in acute back pain, commonly referred to as sprains. Although stress-related back injuries generally resolve themselves within a matter of weeks with over-the-counter medication, a doctor may order several imaging tests to examine the integrity of the spinal structure and locate any abnormalities.
Although it is difficult to diagnose the underlying causes of back pain in most cases, chronic back pain lasting for several months could be related to degenerative conditions such as osteoporosis or malignancy. More severe conditions such as disc herniation, deteriorated discs, and vertebrae misalignments may require surgical intervention.
Long-term health factors such as poor posture, weight, stress, and pregnancy can also adversely affect the spine, resulting in either chronic or acute pain. Infectious disease (discitis) is also a possibility, though it is more common in young children. Although conventional wisdom states that rest will help alleviate temporary pain, medical research shows that engaging in normal physical activity may help facilitate blood flow to the affected areas and hasten recovery.
Only a medical professional can provide an accurate diagnosis for back pain, and our highly trained staff here at the Memorial Hospital Spine Clinic has the medical technology and experience to diagnose and treat a wide range of spinal conditions. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, contact our Spine Clinic at (904) 296-2522.