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Decatur, GA 30030

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When Is Back Pain Cause for Alarm

Most Back Pain Responds to Non-Surgical Orthopedic Treatment

Most back pain isn't caused by lifting a 300 pound box or falling off a motorcycle; and, most of the time it isn't cause for panic. This very common ailment often comes from very common triggers. It could be the way you sleep, the way you stand to wash the dishes, or how you sit at work. Pain from these everyday events, or even weekend warrioring, is not likely to land you under the knife. Believe it or not, even hyper-flexibility can cause pain. So, take a moment to consider what might be going on. The treatment may be less invasive than you think.

Common Back Pain Triggers

  • Weak Back and/or Abdominal Muscles
  • Poor Lifting Technique
  • Poor Sitting, Standing, Driving or Sleeping Posture
  • Excess Belly Weight

The good news is that back pain that doesn't resolve on its own in a few days can usually be treated with non-surgical treatment options.

When to Be Concerned About Back Pain

While the majority of instances of back pain are self-limited, there are times when the pain you experience is a signal to see a physician. An acute injury needs to be evaluated, not ignored. After a car accident or falling off a ladder, it is critical that you get prompt medical attention. It may seem funny to have to say that; but, when people fear the worst, it can keep them from seeking the help they need. Remember, even a serious injury doesn't have to mean surgery, but the actions you take following a relatively severe injury can make a huge difference in your recovery.

Often, permanent damage can be avoided by quick action.

See an Orthopedic Doctor if You Experience:

  • Trauma (even minor trauma if you're over 50)
  • Fever
  • Numbness or Tingling in Your Extremities
  • Loss of Bowel or Bladder Function
  • Foot Drop (when you have to drag your foot)
  • Pain that Radiates Below the Waist
  • Unexplained Weight Loss
  • Pain at that Keeps You Awake at Night
  • Back Pain Lasting More Than 6 Weeks
  • Any Back Pain if You're Over 70

Back pain affects as many as 8 out of every 10 people on the planet. It can be frightening as well as incapacitating. But, our body's most natural function is healing. Resting for a few days will usually do it. If not, non-surgical options like medications, activity modification, injections and therapeutic exercises are very effective first line treatments. So, stay calm, but get to the doctor for a proper diagnosis if the pain persists, is caused by a serious injury, or is accompanied by other symptoms.

Sometimes You Must Act Quickly

Remember, while most back pain is not a medical emergency, the signals above can indicate a problem that needs immediate attention. And, acting quickly is important.

What Could Be Going On in More Serious Cases

  • Nerve Damage, Pressure or Compression
  • Disc degeneration
  • Scoliosis
  • Genetics
  • Osteoporosis
  • Fractures
  • Infection
  • Cancer
  • Brain Problem

Get an Expert Opinion from a Non-Surgical Orthopedic Doctor

If you are having back pain, please give our office a call. We have state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment that can relieve both your body and your mind.

Contact us for an appointment today!