Although grouped together and overseen by pain-management specialists, back pain has a range of causes, including:
Finding out why you're hurting is an important first step toward recovery: It gives doctors a better idea of how to treat your problem.
You probably know that certain types of work — anything that requires a significant amount of repetitive heavy lifting, pushing, or pulling, especially if it involves twisting your torso at the same time — are a major source of injury and back pain. But workers with desk jobs aren't safe, either: Sitting for long periods of time can also contribute to back pain.
Poor overall general health is also a factor for developing back pain, increasing injury risk, severity, and recovery time. In particular, smoking can accelerate disc degeneration, and a chronic smoker's cough can also stress the structures keeping your spine stable. Generally, low levels of physical fitness, whether due to a sedentary lifestyle or as a consequence of an injury or illness, also put you at risk for back pain. Obesity is yet another factor, as extra weight places additional strain on your back.
Some hereditary conditions, such as ankylosing spondylitis, can also cause back pain. If one or more of your close relatives has been diagnosed with such a condition, or has dealt with significant back pain with an unknown cause, you may have a higher risk of developing back pain yourself.
Back pain caused by an acute injury needs time to heal. Depending on its cause and your personal health history, we may recommend physical therapy or an exercise regimen to aid your recovery. We may also prescribe medication to reduce inflammation and manage pain in the interim.
If you've been living with back pain for a long time, it can be hard to imagine relief. While chronic back pain frequently remains difficult to treat, New York Medicine Doctors employs modern interventional procedures that can help with back pain. Our team also perform acupuncture and massage that can complement your individualized back pain-management plan.
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