Back Pain

Back Pain | Comprehensive Pain Management Center

Back Pain


Most cases of back pain are the result of mechanical stress, like a herniated disc. Other causes of

back pain include osteoarthritis, muscle strains, and vertebral fractures. Pain is typically felt in

the lower back but may also occur in the upper back. Other symptoms of back pain include a

limited range of motion, an increase of pain with certain movements, and pain that travels down

the arms or legs.

Symptoms of weakness, numbness, tingling, fever, weight loss, or bladder/bowel control issues

may indicate a more serious disorder and should get immediate medical attention. A physician

diagnoses pain through the use of a patient’s complete history, a physical examination, and

a neurological exam to determine if there is a compressed nerve.

Treatment for back pain aims to improve range of motion and relieve pain symptoms. Pain

normally settles on its own in a few weeks with traditional treatments. More aggressive

treatments for back pain are used when conservative methods do not work.

Conservative treatments

  • Acetaminophens
  • Muscle relaxants
  • Physical therapy
  • Massage therapy
  • Yoga

Other treatments

  • Steroid injections
  • Local anesthetics
  • Spinal fusion
  • Removal of herniated tissue

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