Back pain is often tied to many diseases and it can vary from simple or
dull pain to sudden and sharp pain. If the pain persists over a few days,
it is considered acute pain. If it continues for more than 3 months, it
is considered chronic back pain. Back pain may clear up without any treatment.
If it persists for more than 3 days, we recommend that you seek medical
Various conditions can cause back pain such as appendicitis, aneurysms,
kidney diseases, kidney and bladder infections, ovarian disorders, pregnancy,
spinal stenosis, musculoskeletal problems,
spine injuries, fractures, and many more. This is part of the reason why seeking expert care is
critical to identifying the exact underlying cause of the back pain.
There are many options for those seeking back pain treatment. Back pain
can be improved with rest and RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation)
pain relievers, anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, and
physical therapy. However, certain conditions causing severe and chronic back pain may
require surgical treatment. One of the common causes for back pain is
low back strain. Low back strain or lumbar strain occurs when the muscle
or the tendon in the lower back gets stretched or torn. It can be caused
by lifting heavy objects or overload, sitting or standing for a longer
time, a direct impact over the area, or sports that require sudden twisting
of the lower back.
Patients may have risk factors for back pain such as excess low back curvature,
weak abdominal muscles, and a forwardly tilted pelvis. All of these can
increase the risk for low back or lumbar strain. Common symptoms include
low back pain that radiates down the buttocks; inflammation of the soft
tissues that surround the muscles; stiffness in the low back; restricted
movements; inability to maintain correct posture; muscle spasms; and pain
which continues for a longer period of time.
Our physicians will perform a physical examination and take a brief medical
history to diagnose the condition. Other additional tests such as X-ray
and MRI scans may be required to confirm the injury and provide necessary
First-line treatment methods include:
- Rest. Anyone suffering from back pain should take complete rest for 1-3
days, as more damage could result from putting pressure on the back. Bed
rest for longer periods of time should also be avoided as it leads to
weakened muscles and makes them stiff which will aggravate pain and discomfort.
- Ice packs can be applied to the injured area which will help to decrease
swelling and pain. Ice should be applied over a towel to the affected
area for 15-20 minutes four times a day for several days. Never place
ice directly on the skin.
- Back braces may be used to support the back during the healing process.
- Prescription medication options include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs and other medicines such as muscle relaxants to control muscle spasms.
These medicines can make people drowsy; therefore, be sure to discuss
the medication with your physician.
- Your physician may also suggest a rehabilitation or physical therapy program.
These consist of stretching and strengthening exercises, pelvic traction,
gentle massages, and ice or heat therapy to improve back pain. It helps
control pain, strengthen abdominal muscles, and also speed up recovery time.
w York's Lower Back Pain Speciali
Are you suffering from acute or chronic back pain? Are you searching for
state-of-the-art lower back pain treatment options? Weill Cornell’s
Center for Comprehensive Spine Care in New York is a leader when it comes
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Contact us to learn more about our advanced spinal care center. You can also call
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pain doctor in New York.
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