Back pain is one of the most common reasons people visit the doctor. There are various reasons why people experience back pain, including the result of an injury, aging, sudden movements, lack of exercise, etc. Since back pain is so common, often, it gets ignored. However, knowing that it can develop into a more severe or chronic condition without proper treatment is essential. Fortunately, there are many treatment options available to address this pain. Our specialists at DMOS can assist with immediate and future treatments to help you get back to living.
Symptoms of Back Pain
Back pain symptoms can vary from one person to the next, ranging from mild discomfort to severe pain. You will often notice symptoms in the spinal area, but they may radiate to other body parts. The most common back pain symptoms are:
- Muscle aching
- Shooting or stabbing pain
- Burning sensation
- Stabbing pain
- Pain when bending, twisting, walking, or standing up
When to see an Orthopaedic Doctor
Mild back pain can get better on its own with time, stretching, and rest. Taking over-the-counter pain relievers and applying heat or ice to the painful area can also provide some relief. However, it may be time to see a specialist if the pain doesn’t improve with at-home treatments. Consider seeing a specialist if:
- You have difficulty standing, sitting, or walking
- Your pain is accompanied by numbness or weakness in the legs
- You have continuous discomfort even while lying down
The DMOS Spine Center
Our highly skilled team at DMOS has the experience and expertise necessary to provide quality orthopedic care, including addressing back pain. DMOS is the ideal place for people suffering from acute low back pain, chronic low back pain, upper extremity pain that could be from the cervical spine, or lower extremity pain that could be from the lumbar spine. If you need an appointment, please call our Spine Center at 515.224.4232 to request an appointment with one of our specialists. You may also walk into one of our Urgent Injury Clinics which are open six days a week.
*Patients with traumatic low back pain or neck pain who might have a fracture or dislocation are more appropriate for an urgent emergency room evaluation initially.
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