Any number of injuries and conditions can contribute to back pain. Strain, injury and illness can all cause muscle and ligament damage that result in pain. Disk and spine issues can also cause intense discomfort.
The intensity of back pain cannot, on its own, indicate the cause of the pain. Sometimes muscle spasms can cause debilitation pain that you might associate with a more serious spine condition. Only a doctor can diagnose the cause of your pain and help you on the road to recovery.
Most cases of back pain will resolve with over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and rest. But sometimes, medical intervention is needed for relief. The first step is diagnosis of the underlying reason for the pain. Often this requires some kind of testing like an X-ray or an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) study. Your Tenet Florida Physicians Services doctor will also perform a thorough physical exam and detailed patient history.
Treatment for back pain can range from rest to physical therapy and medication to surgical intervention. In many cases of repeated or prolonged muscle pain in the back, steps are taken to strengthen the abdominal and surrounding muscles to help support the upper body. Other approaches like monitoring weight, examining environmental factors like work stations can ease back discomfort.Previous Page Last Review Date: January 4, 2018