If you’ve ever missed work because of lower back pain, you’re not alone. About 50% of working Americans also report having back pain within the last 12 months. The leading cause of disability worldwide, the pain and mobility restrictions of a sore back can bring your day to a halt. Dr. Ashley M. Classen and the team at Trinity Pain Medicine Associates in Fort Worth, Texas can diagnose and treat your back pain, so that you can return to a pain-free life. Call or click to request an appointment today.
With the complexity of the musculoskeletal system, particularly around your spine, there’s much that can go wrong and cause back pain. Back muscles and spinal ligaments suffer strains from heavy lifting and awkward movements, and if you’re not used to physical activity, muscles can spasm when suddenly asked to carry excessive loads.
The disks between the vertebrae of your spine can rupture, and when this causes nerve compression, you may experience many sensations, from tingling to sharp pain, along the path of the affected nerves. Osteoarthritis can also cause nerve irritation when it affects the spaces in your vertebrae where nerves pass through.
Osteoporosis may cause the bones of the spine to collapse, compromising muscle and ligament tissue in the surrounding area, as well as leading to nerve compression and irritation. Abnormalities of the spine, such as side-to-side curving, called scoliosis, may also contribute to muscle and nerve pain.
Anyone, of any age, can develop back pain. However, there are certain factors that increase your risk of developing lower back pain.
Many back pain problems, including ruptured disks, will heal naturally with time and rest. Pain management may help during the recovery period. This may be over-the-counter pain relievers or anti-inflammatories, or Dr. Classen may prescribe stronger medication or muscle relaxants. Sometimes, antidepressants may help back pain, even if you don’t suffer from depression.
Gentle activity, such as walking, is good for lower back pain, provided you can tolerate it. Physical therapy, stretching, and exercise may also help you recover faster.
If your lower back pain isn’t responding to conservative treatment, surgery is a possibility, but few people get to this stage. Surgery is typically used only when there is an observable structural problem.