Back pain is a common ailment that most people experience. Over 80% of adults have back pain at some time or another, and 20% of those people have chronic back pain. Usually with some rest and over-the-counter medications, the pain goes away on its own; however, chronic lower back pain can be quite severe and lasts for 12 weeks or longer.
At Tri-State Orthopaedics in Germantown and Memphis, Tennessee, Dr. Apurva Dalal is a highly experienced and trusted orthopedic surgeon. Trained in all the latest orthopedic techniques and procedures, Dr. Dalal and his staff are dedicated to helping you live a full and active life.
What causes back pain?
Back pain is caused by a number of conditions and injuries, including:
- Slipped or bulging discs in spine
- Inflammation of the sacroiliac joint, where your pelvis and spine meet
- Pinched nerves
- Spinal fractures
- Strains and sprains
- Stress and tension
- Lifestyle factors
Lifestyle factors can include being overweight, having bad posture, wearing high heels, and lifting heavy weights without proper posture.
To get an accurate diagnosis for your back pain, you need to see a back pain specialist. Dr. Dalal reviews your medical history, any injuries you have had, completes a thorough exam, and possibly diagnostic tests before providing you with a diagnosis.
What are the symptoms of back pain?
Although there can be a lot of different causes for back pain, some of the most common symptoms are:
- Radiating pain down your legs
- Muscle aches
- Muscle spasms
- Pain that worsens when you walk or bend
- Pain that is relieved by lying down
- Shooting pain
Dr. Dalal talks to you about your symptoms as part of his examination to determine his diagnosis and treatment plan to relieve your pain.
Treatments for back pain
Once Dr. Dalal determines the causes of your back pain, he finds treatment options that relieve your symptoms, allowing you to return to living your life. Some treatment options he may recommend include:
- Medications to reduce inflammation
- Lifestyle changes
- Muscle strengthening exercises
- Heat or cold packs
- Physical therapy
Dr. Dalal and his staff are dedicated to finding solutions to ease your pain that work for your lifestyle.
Chronic lower back pain can cause you a lot of discomfort and make it difficult to do the things you need and want to do. There are many treatments for back pain that relieve you of your symptoms and allow you to move freely again.