To say that back pain is common would be an understatement. Approximately 8 out of every 10 Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lives. In fact, 31 million Americans experience low-back pain at any given time. Just to drive home how many people that is, NJ, PA, and NYC only have a combined total population of 30.25 million people. So you begin to see just how prevalent back pain is. There are varying degrees of back pain, so when you ask “does back pain go away” it is kind of a complicated answer.
Does Back Pain Go Away? It Depends
This is such a difficult question to answer because root causes of back pain can differ in degree. To assess your back pain, you should try to answer the following questions:
- Is your pain acute or chronic?
- What have you done to treat it?
- Did an injury cause the pain?
- Is a poor diet to blame?
For the most part, back pain should go away on its own if the root cause is a minor one. Even a muscle pull or pinched nerve can cause acute pain that last for several weeks. But with proper treatment (rest, heat, and perhaps physical therapy) that type of problem and pain should go away.
On the other hand, if you experience chronic daily pain that will not go away with home treatments than you need to get it checked out. Without a proper assessment it is difficult to suggest how long it will take for your pain to go away. For example, pain associated with spinal disc’s can linger much longer than a pinched nerve. Arthritis may also be to blame for your pain and may never go away. The only way to know is to see your doctor. They will start a clinical examination and take it from there.
Keep in mind that something that seems major, may only be something minor. Likewise, something minor may actually be something major.
What To Do When Your Pain Doesn’t Subside:
After seeing your physician they may recommend a couple of things, change your diet, go to physical therapy, or try some form of treatment for your pain. We typically suggest a combination of the three. For treatment types, we offer state of the art regenerative medicine for pain.
We use regenerative medicine therapies such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells (bone marrow concentrate) because they get to the root cause of pain. Whereas cortisone injections simply mask pain, regenerative medicine boosts natural healing properties in the body. This, in turn, causes your pain to subside and the injured site to heal.
The best part about regenerative medicine therapy? There are very few side effects because it uses your own platelets or stem cells to heal your injury.
Most patients need between 1-3 injections over 6-8 weeks before their chronic pain is reversed. While some patients take a little longer to heal, most are able to return to their daily activities with a day or two of rest.
Does back pain go away? Like we mentioned, it really depends. Just know that you do not have to live your life in pain. Our therapies may be right for you. Please contact us today at 201-729-0001 for an evaluation and consultation. We offer weekday and weekend appointments. You can find us in West Orange, Aberdeen, Clifton, and Lyndhurst.