Low Back Pain Is Common
Have you recently been injured at work, slipped or fallen, been a victim in a car accident? Are you experiencing chronic pain or discomfort in your lower back? Is your sleep interrupted, tossing and outrunning all night long? Does a poor night’s rest from back pain equal a hard day at work with aches and pain? Does your job require you to lift heavy objects?
If you answered yes to any of these questions your pain in you lower back is signaling that something is terribly wrong. Lower back pain can be caused by any number of reasons. Lower back pain is one of the most common health issues impacting Americans every year. That’s where pain management treatments can give hope to many low back pain suffers.
Causes of back pain:
- lifting a heavy object
- a sports injury
- car crash
Most people at some point in their lives will experience some lower-back pain. Pain can range from mild to severe. Most of the time, Low Back Pain is acute (short term) and caused by overuse, injury, or poor body mechanics when lifting heavy objects.
Acute pain is usually caused by muscle strain in the lower back. If the pain is from damage to the lower back structures, such as the vertebral discs, chronic pain can develop.
Structural damage in the lower back (lumbar spine) may include: the vertebrae (bony spine), facet joints, vertebral discs, ligaments, spinal cord and peripheral nerves, and internal organs in the pelvis.
Commonly-Reported Pain Conditions
- A National Institute of Health Statistics survey indicated that low back pain was the most common (27%), followed by severe headache or migraine pain (15%), neck pain (15%) and facial ache or pain (4%).
- Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old. More than 26 million Americans between the ages of 20-64 experience frequent back pain.
- Adults with low back pain are often in worse physical and mental health than people who do not have low back pain: 28% of adults with low back pain report limited activity due to a chronic condition, as compared to 10% of adults who do not have low back pain. Also, adults reporting low back pain were three times as likely to be in fair or poor health and more than four times as likely to experience serious psychological distress as people without low back pain.
The majority of the time, Low Back Pain is acute and resolves within four weeks. Pain symptoms can usually be treated at home with ice packs the first 48 hours, no more than 15 minutes at a time, and later heat.
Low Back Pain can be an indicator of a serious condition. Immediate medical attention is advised for severe pain, if other symptoms such as, high fever, numbness and incontinence are present; or if the pain symptoms don’t resolve within four weeks.
Causes of chronic low back pain include:
- Arthritis, Facet Joint
- Sacroiliac Joint Disease
- Spinal Stenosis
- Degenerative Disc Disease
- Disc Herniation
- Facet Joint Osteoarthritis
- Poor Posture
- Body Fractures
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
Seeing a pain management doctor, not just any doctor, after an injury that causes pain in your lower back is the right choice. Patients are starting to understand the advantages that can come from seeing a pain management doctor when deciding on treatment for lower back pain.
Many patients admit that they thought all doctors were the same. They never imagined that there were back pain specialists with treatments that effectively treat the discomfort of lower back pain.
Speak with a New York back pain doctor nearest you. Most of the locations offer flexible weekend and evening hours, which can accommodate your schedule.
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