When it comes to the prevalence of back pain among adults in the US, Statistica paints a very grim picture: 54 percent of adults have had back pain for 5 years or longer as of 2017. A similar survey conducted in 2016 had revealed that 29.9 percent of women were experiencing back pain. Given the prevalence of the problem, it is important that information on the causes, treatment, and prevention of the problem be easily accessible to the general public. While the physicians participating in the Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center referral line in Plano help patients when they are battling neck and back pain by offering a variety of treatment options, in this blog we give you an overview of the underlying causes and possible treatment options. Read on.
What causes back pain?
Almost everyone experiences some form of back pain in their lifetime. Some of the common sources of pain include soft connective tissue, joint capsules, muscles, nerves, and disks. These may tear, be sprained, pulled, stretched, or sprained. Another common cause of back pain is an abnormal disc that is herniated, degenerating, or bulging.
How long does the pain usually subsist?
The discomfort and debilitation that often characterize back pain will last for varying periods that cannot be accurately predicted. Back pain varies in intensity from acute to chronic, and recurrent chronic. Despite the unpredictable duration, 80 percent of first-time episodes often go away within 6 weeks. Chronic pain can usually be tied to a long-term condition and lasts for months.
What is the best back pain medication?
While a third of Americans count on over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAD), one in every five is under the care of an orthopedic physician and on prescription medicines. Medication can have negative side effects and therefore should be monitored closely by the prescribing physician.
Should I apply heat or ice?
Both options can help with back pain, albeit under different circumstances. Ice works best when applied immediately following the onset of pain. It reduces swelling and inflammation by cutting down on blood flow emanating from constricted vessels. Heat works best after the lapse of 48 hours by facilitating stretching as well as soothing the sore muscles.
Have Neck or Back Bain? Consult a Specialist, Today!
One of the best pieces of advice you can get regarding back pain management is to consult a surgeon specializing in neck and back pain treatment. The surgeons participating in the referral line of Texas Health Spine and Orthopedic Center have vast experience in helping people manage and treat back pain. Contact us to book an appointment with one of the participating surgeons. Simply call +1-888-608-4762 or fill out our online appointment form.
NOTE: Physicians who are members of the referral program practice independently and are not employees or agents of THSOC.