Back Problems - Causes and Treatments

By Ross Campbell

Ranked as one of the top reasons for doctors visits and missed work, back problems will at some point plague as many as 90% of the population. Back pain affects all parts of the back with the lower area being the most common. More often than not, when someone experiences back troubles the pain eventually stops on its own; in these cases, the cause is most likely a simple tweak of a nerve or strain that corrects itself.

On the other hand, in many cases back problems do not simply go away, but rather linger on and become chronic, constant pain. In this instance, medical intervention is necessary. The doctor will try to find the root cause of the pain and it can vary from Sciatica to a herniated disc in the spine. Symptoms of both conditions involve sharp pain caused by impingement or irritation of nerves. Other possible causes include injury to the bones or muscles in the back.

Due to the various causes of back pain, there is no one cure-all. However, after determining the cause, the doctor can then prescribe a suitable treatment. Just as the cause can vary so does treatment. For mild cases that are not chronic, over-the-counter pain medication (e.g., ibuprofen or acetaminophen) and few days' best rest may be recommended. If the pain does not subside and persists, a stronger, prescription pain medication combined with physical therapy may be the answer. The root cause of back problems dictates the treatment recommendation, and that is why testing and diagnosis is vital.

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