About Back Pain
Back pain is the leading cause of disability and is a common reason people miss work. Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to prevent or relieve back pain. In most cases, surgery is rarely needed to treat back pain.
Common symptoms of back pain include:
- Sharp or stabbing pain
- Muscle aches
- Pain that radiates to the leg
- Limited range of motion
You should contact a doctor as soon as possible if you have severe back pain that will not improve, pain that spreads down one leg, pain that causes weakness, of numbness in one or both legs, or if your back pain causes unexplained weight loss.
What Causes Back Pain?
Acute back pain can occur suddenly and lasts less than six weeks, while chronic back pain lasts more than three months. Factors that commonly cause back pain include muscle or ligament strain, skeletal irregularities, arthritis, and osteoporosis. If you develop back pain that doesn’t seem to have a specific cause, your doctors can run tests to help determine the cause.
Individuals who are overweight, do not exercise regularly, have certain diseases of psychological conditions, those who smoke, or those who improperly lift heavy objects are at a higher risk for back pain.
How to Treat Back Pain
Acute back pain can often be treated at home with pain relievers such as ibuprofen and icing the area. If at-home treatments are not working after a couple of weeks, visit Ultra Med Urgent Care. One of our physicians will recommend a treatment plan for your back pain. Over-the-counter pain medications, muscle relaxants, narcotics, antidepressants, or cortisone injections may be used, depending on the cause of your back pain.
Contact Ultra Med Urgent Care today for treatment of your back pain. We serve patients in the Skokie and Evanston, Illinois areas.