According to the American Chiropractic Association, 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives.
Back pain is one of the most common problems that bring patients to their physician or to the emergency room. It is also a common cause of missed work.
Moreover, back pain can be due to any number of factors, including muscular spasm, degenerative bone and joint problems, disc inflammation, and various systemic disease processes. Although the pain can be significant, it is not usually serious.
Lower Back Pain:
If you sit at a desk for your 9-to-5, you most likely experience some form of back pain.
The lower back includes the lumbar spine, discs and ligaments that support the spine, spinal cord and spinal nerves, and muscles that support the back. This area, along with the shoulders and neck are the most frequently irritated parts of the body when sitting at a desk for too long.
We know this form of pain can be intolerable, so we created 5 simple steps to ease your desk-related back pain.
Other Forms of Back Pain:
Upper back pain may be due to inflammation of the spine and its constituent parts, and may also be due to referred pain from the aorta or from various tumors.
Internal organ pain in the abdomen or pelvis can cause back pain.
How to Combat Back Pain:
Normally, back pain is self-limited, and will resolve after a few days. Conservative measures for treatment include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medications like Naprosyn or Ibuprofen.
If your pain is due to stress or muscle spasm, you should try some simple stretching exercises and application of ice, which constricts the blood vessels around the area of inflammation, reducing the amount of inflammatory chemicals in the affected region.
You should avoid any movement that increases your pain, as that indicates repetitive injury. The goal of conservative treatment is to allow the inflamed area to heal.
If your pain is severe, or the result of an injury, you should see a physician. Similarly, if your pain lasts more than a few days, you should seek medical attention.
If you are experiencing pain or numbness in the lower extremities, around the buttocks or genitalia, or if you are having incontinence or difficulty with urination, these signs indicate urgent neurological symptoms that may result from spinal cord involvement.
Fever associated with back pain may indicate a spinal abscess, and in any of these cases, you should see your physician immediately.
Regenerative Medicine for Back Pain:
There are a variety of solutions for treatment of back pain, depending upon the cause, and if you are experiencing significant problems, you should contact us immediately for a diagnosis and treatment.
At Metropolitan Pain Consultants we offer two forms of regenerative medicine to treat back injuries and general soreness. With the rise of regenerative medicine research, treatments like Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) and Bone Marrow Concentrate (BMC) are increasingly used.
Both PRP and BMC are nonsurgical outpatient procedures that avoid the use of prescription medicines. Since both treatments use the patient’s own blood or stem cells to heal any injury, your body does not reject the treatment. It is the reason why so many professional athletes are using regenerative medicine to get back on the court or field.
If you need an evaluation or consultation, please contact us at (201) 729-0001 and ask for one of our specialists. We offer weekday and weekend appointments. You can find us at our conveniently located clinics in West Orange, Aberdeen, and Lyndhurst.