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Back Pain

What are the symptoms of back pain?

Back pain is an uncomfortable feeling in your upper, middle, or lower back. It might feel like a dull, aching pain or sharp pain. Sciatica is a type of nerve pain that might present as numbness, tingling, or shooting pain in your lower back and down your leg.

If back pain prevents you from enjoying life to its fullest, staying active, or completing everyday tasks, see the team at Life Balance Pain Care for an evaluation.

What is sciatica?

Sciatica is a type of pain often caused by a herniated disk, spinal narrowing, or bone spurs that compress part of your sciatic nerve. This nerve branches from your low back through your hips, butt, and down each leg. Common symptoms include weakness, pain, tingling, and numbness.

What are the risk factors for back pain?

Back pain can happen to anyone, but some factors increase your risk. Examples include:

  • Older age
  • Arthritis
  • Injuries
  • Osteoporosis
  • Obesity
  • Improper lifting techniques
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Smoking
  • Physical inactivity
  • Muscle or ligament strains
  • Bulging or ruptured discs

To lower your risk of back discomfort, eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, don’t smoke, and avoid improper lifting or other movements that strain your back. 

Fortunately, > 90 % of patients with back pain can be treated with a high degree of pain relief with conservative management as outlined below:

What are common back pain treatments?

Back pain and sciatica treatments include:

Home remedies

At-home remedies that can relieve back discomfort include ice or heat packs, rest, and wearing a brace.

Chiropractic treatment

Evaluation and treatment with a Chiropractor is a critical component to providing ongoing care and the needed regimen to promote a healthy awareness and lifestyle change minimizing chronic and acute back pain.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy strength and flexibility exercises can strengthen muscle tissues, relieve back discomfort, ease nerve pressure, and reduce your risk of reinjury.

Medications

Taking medications such as 1) anti-inflammatories-NSAID’s, 2) muscle relaxants, & 3) topical creams can reduce inflammation associated with back pain, lower your risk of chronic disease complications, and relieve discomfort.

Regenerative medicine

Regenerative medicine includes platelet-rich plasma (PRP) from your blood and stem cells that help your body generate new cells and heal naturally.

Injections

Your pain specialist offers various injections to reduce inflammation and back pain. Examples include corticosteroid, and epidural steroid injections. The steroid injection is essentially pain free, as a numbing agent (Lidocaine/Bupivacaine) is used to minimize discomfort.