Back pain is one of the most common reasons for missing work and seeking medical treatment. It can occur in the muscles, ligaments, nerves or any of the spine’s 24 vertebrae, or the flat, round rubbery discs in between. The spine is divided into three sections: the cervical spine (neck), the upper back (thoracic spine) and the lower back (lumbar), which is the most frequent location of back pain.
There are extensive and eclectic causes for back pain, ranging from an abrupt injury to overuse. Several factors can increase a person’s risk for developing back pain. These include age (being over 40 years old), being overweight, being inactive, as well as, certain illness, such as arthritis.
Acute pain starts quickly and lasts less than six weeks. It is the most common type of back pain. Acute pain is generally caused by a specific incident, like falling or lifting something heavy. Chronic pain lasts for more than three months and is significantly less common than acute pain. Chronic pain may be "on" and "off" or continuous. It can also become debilitating, preventing suffers from working, socializing or physical activity.
The top-rated team of physicians at Integrity Pain & Wellness always takes a personalized approach in treating any type of pain. While experienced in and equipped to provide the most up-to-date solutions for musculoskeletal and neurologic pain, acute or chronic, Integrity Pain and Wellness’s physicians work as partners with patients. They thoroughly discuss all treatment options and outcome expectations. In addition, they work closely with referring physicians to ensure continuity of care. As for medication, Integrity Pain and Wellness’s pain management specialists believe in using it on a temporary basis until the pain source can be diagnosed and addressed. At Integrity Pain and Wellness, the team is committed to returning function while minimizing pain as quickly as possible.