How common is back pain? It’s one of the leading causes of missed days of work in the United States. Whether you’re experiencing acute or chronic back pain, the experts at Metro Denver Pain Management, with an office in Evergreen, Colorado, can help relieve your pain and get you back to your normal activities. Call today or schedule an appointment online.
Frequently Asked Questions
Simply stated, back pain is any pain that affects your back. Your pain management specialist at Metro Denver Pain Management categorizes your back pain based on the area of the back it affects, which includes:
- Cervical back pain
- Lumbar back pain
- Thoracic back pain
Symptoms of back pain vary and may depend on the cause. Common symptoms include:
- Muscle aches
- Limited mobility or flexibility
- Stabbing or shooting pain
- Inability to stand upright
Back pain usually resolves on its own within a few weeks with home treatment. However, if your back pain is lingering, the pain specialists at Metro Denver Pain Management can help.
In many cases, back pain doesn’t develop from a specific cause but results from years of bad habits such as poor posture, lifting incorrectly, or overexertion. However, there are some conditions that may lead to back pain, including:
- Bulging or ruptured disc
- Ligament or muscle strain
- Skeletal irregularities
Anyone can develop back pain, but some factors may increase your risk, such as age, occupation, and a history of depression. Carrying excess weight may also put a strain on your back and lead to pain.
Diagnostic tests may not be necessary to confirm the cause of your back pain. Your pain management specialist at Metro Denver Pain Management conducts a thorough physical examination to assess your pain, flexibility, and range of motion to assist in the development of your treatment plan.
However, your pain management specialist may recommend an X-ray, MRI, or bone scan if needed to help determine the exact cause of your back pain.
The pain management specialists at Metro Denver Pain Management take a multidisciplinary approach to managing back pain and then develop individualized treatment plans based on the cause of your pain.
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Cortisone shots
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Spinal fusion
Your pain management specialist may also recommend physical therapy to strengthen your abdominal muscles, which improves posture and may relieve pressure on your back.