Dealing with Chronic Back Pain

Back pain is one of the most common chronic pains that people deal with.  80% of people are affected at some point in their lives with back pain, and it can occur at any age. It’s most common in people who are 35 years old and older.

If your back pain persists for more than a few days, you may want to see your general physician.  Certainly, your physician may prescribe some medicine or may send you for tests.  Often times they will send you to a chronic pain specialist like Dr. Harvey Finkelstein who can offer an even more detailed analysis.

If, in addition to the back pain you have a fever, redness on your back, pain down your legs, numbness in one or both legs or around your buttocks, incontinences or constant pain  you should seek out the help of a physician like Dr. Harvey Finkelstein immediately.  Finding a chronic pain specialist like Dr. Arden Kaisman, Dr. Sanjay Bakhsi or Dr. Harvey Finkelstein is very easy to do, and this person will help you to explore all of your options while offering treatment suggestions.

Often times, the back pain is simply caused by standing, sitting or bending for long periods of time.  It might be a result of something that you lifted incorrectly or of a fall.  If you are overweight, this can often cause back pain as your body is being asked to carry more weight than it should be.  If you have poor posture over a prolonged period of time, this can also cause back pain.

Sometimes the back pain is due to a more serious or underlying reason. These might include a fracture, osteoporosis, a slipped disc, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, osteoarthritis and the like.  You can only find out if this is the case by seeking medical attention and by having a thorough examination.

While much rarer, lower back pain can also be caused by an infection or by cancer.  For all of these reasons, it’s important to see medical attention and to take care of your back pain so that you will no longer be debilitated by these issues.