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When Should You See a Physician About Back Pain?

When Should You See a Physician About Back Pain?

Ouch, my back!

While back pain can happen to anyone at any time, here are the main causes of back pain, as well as steps you can take to find relief!

How Common Is Back Pain?

According to the American Chiropractic Association, around 80% of people living in the United States will experience back pain at some point during their lifetime.

While some back pain could be due to a recent strain or another minor cause, ongoing back pain that also causes numbness or tingling in your arms could be a sign of something more serious. Therefore, if you are experiencing back pain, it is always a good idea to visit a physician for an evaluation.

Causes of Back Pain

  • Muscle strain

  • Ligament strain

  • Bulging disk

  • Ruptured disk

  • Arthritis

  • Skeletal irregularities

  • Osteoporosis

What Treatment Is Available for Back Pain?

In many cases, back pain can be alleviated using OTC pain relievers and the application of ice or heat. You may also benefit from certain stretches or exercises.

In addition, topical pain relievers, antidepressants and injections could help a person experiencing back pain find relief. Of course, the best method of treatment is always prevention!

Prevention of Back Pain

  • Exercise regularly.

  • Eat a balanced diet.

  • Maintain proper posture.

  • Set up your desk for ergonomic comfort.

  • Reduce stress.

  • Quit smoking.

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