Eighty percent of people will experience some sort of back pain in their lifetime. Sudden back pain can usually be traced to a clear cause, such as a sports injury, work injury, or car accident. Or back pain can build up over time due to muscle strain, inflammation, swelling, or wear and tear on the spinal discs.
Some patients feel sharp, stabbing pains that radiate down into their legs or tingling or numbness. Others feel sore and achy, with throbbing pain that grows more uncomfortable over time.
The first step is figuring out the cause of your pain. Most back pain is caused by muscle or soft tissue strains, but factors like a pinched nerve and osteoarthritis can also cause pain.
If you’ve recently injured your back, visit your primary care physician or an urgent care center. If your pain has continued for a month or longer, visit the Heilman Center. Our pain specialists will recommend ways to stabilize your back, relieve pressure on pinched nerves, or reduce inflammation and soreness via interventional procedures, minimally invasive surgery, and other options.
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