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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 CenterDoctor pointing to disc in spinal skeleton
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.

*Disclaimer: The content of this blog is for informational purposes only. Please consult your healthcare professional for any medical questions. While we make every effort to ensure the information we share is accurate, we welcome comments, suggestions, or corrections of errors. This blog should not be used in any legal capacity whatsoever, including but not limited to establishing a “standard of care” in legal sense or basis for expert witness testimony. No guarantee is given regarding the accuracy of any statements or opinions made on this blog or website. In no way does listening, reading, emailing, or interacting on social media with our content establish a doctor-patient relationship. This blog is not medical advice. If necessary, please seek treatment immediately*

Holly Birkey

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