According to our professionals and a recent , it’s important to first get a thorough and proper diagnosis, as well as a personal back pain treatment plan that works for your specific issues. A doctor will look at what your symptoms might be and whether your pain is acute or chronic.
· Acute back pain lasts only a short time but is very severe.
· Chronic back pain happens frequently, if not daily. It can be severe or mild, deep, achy, burning, or feel sort of electric. Sometimes the pain will travel to another part of the body like the leg.
As if dealing with back pain isn’t enough, a lot of times there are other symptoms like numbness and tingling sensations, stiffness, aches, and weakness. And just about any activity, including sitting, walking, standing, bending over, and twisting at the waist can exacerbate pain.
The Back is Complicated
Between the upper back and tailbone, there are 17 vertebral bodies, numerous joints, the sacrum, and the tailbone. There are also intervertebral discs, the spinal cord and nerve roots, fibrous and muscular supporting structures, and blood vessels. With so many delicate and intricate parts, it’s no wonder that if you injure your back, even in a small way like lifting something too heavy or twisting the wrong way, you can be in a lot of pain that can stop you from doing ordinary activities.
Beyond injury, some back pain is caused by congenital problems, which may be degenerative, related to your age, caused by disease, or linked to bad posture, obesity, or an unhealthy lifestyle like smoking. If you know of issues in your family, it’s important to discuss hereditary factors with your doctor if you go in for back pain treatment.
When to Seek Medical Care
· Difficulty standing upright
· Fever along with the pain
· Loss of bladder or bowel function/control
· Leg pain or weakness
· Pain that doesn’t go away or worsens
If you feel numbness, tingling, or weakness in your groin, arms or legs, it could be a sign that your spinal cord is damaged. If the back pain extends into your leg it may be sciatica. A herniated disc could be the problem if your back pain is worse when you cough or bend forward. If you have back pain and a fever, a burning sensation when you urinate and frequent or urgent urination, it could be an infection.
Back pain can be a serious concern is you have a history of cancer, unintentional weight loss, medication or steroids that have weakened your immune system, trauma, increasing pain, pain lasting over a month, pain at night, or a history of IV drug use.
By going to a doctor, they can provide a complete diagnosis, pinpoint the problem, and then develop an effective back pain treatment plan. Let’s talk about what to expect. Your doctor will:
· Look at your medical history. Do any other members of your family have back problems? Back problems like osteoporosis and scoliosis often run in families.
· Ask you about your back pain. When did it start? What were you doing when the pain began? How severe is your pain? What does it feel like? Has your pain changed since it started? The answers to these and other questions will help him figure out the best way to treat you.
· Give you a physical exam, looking at your vital signs like blood pressure (which is often high when you have pain) and examining your spine, looking for anything that seems wrong and trying to find the areas of your pain.
· Give you a neurological exam, which will assess your sensation and function. Sometimes the doctor uses the pin prick test to see if your feeling is the same on both sides of your body like your legs.
· Have you walk, bend over and perform other movements to test your flexibility, function, and range of motion. Your reflexes will be tested too.
The doctor may ask you to get an x-ray, CT scan or MRI to help confirm an initial analysis. You may also be asked to do some lab tests. After all of this, the doctor will diagnose what may be causing your pain.
Back Pain Treatment
There are many options for addressing your pain and improving mobility. Here are just a few, though you should discuss each with your doctor and stick to the plan that they recommend.
· Believe it or not, exercise can help your back pain. So stay active. Sometimes lying down or sitting for too long is worse for your back pain. Get up if you can and walk. Try swinging your arms when you walk.
· You may want to try heat or ice for your back pain. Use whichever works best.
· Pain medicine may be able to help with your back pain. Make sure you know about any side effects. Take it as soon as you can when the pain starts and then take it on a regular schedule. Take the right amount and don’t take more than one kind of pain medicine at the same time.
If you use a prescribed opiate for severe pain or a muscle relaxer, follow your doctor’s instructions. Some people consider epidural steroid shots.
· Many people find relief from chiropractic back pain treatment methods. Once your doctor has ruled out any medical conditions, such as a hernia or kidney stones, chiropractic care can focus on realigning your spine to alleviate your back pain.
If you are suffering from back pain, acute or chronic, it’s important to seek a diagnosis and back pain treatment. Our chiropractic team at Chiropractic By Thriveology in Denver can work with your doctor to incorporate chiropractic care into your back pain treatment plan. Our goal is to help relieve your pain and get you back to an active life. For more information, call or contact our offices today.