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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,169 doctors shared insights

Back Pain (Overview)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems with the internal organs.


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What cause back pain?

What cause back pain?

Several options: Back pain is usually related to arthritic changes to the spine. Sometime back pain can be related to infections, cancer, fractures, or even other organs such as the kidney, bladder, etc. If your pain lasts greater than 2 weeks i would see your physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
3,169 doctors shared insights

Back Pain (Overview)

Pain in the back is a symptom that can be due to a number of causes including musculoskeletal or neurological problems or due to problems with the internal organs.


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I have a back pain, I do however sit allot behind the computer. Is it because of that or could be other factors?

I have a back pain, I do however sit allot behind the computer. Is it because of that or could be other factors?

Back pain: Frequent sitting can certainly contribute to back pain, either from relative deconditioning or from poor posture or both. You may be able to help yourself with frequent position changes, ergonomic improvements to your workspace, and also with conservative measures such as core strengthening and range of motion. If symptoms persist or worsen, see a physician. ...Read more

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Managing Back Pain (Checklist)

Lose weight
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Reduce stress by moving gracefully with tai chi, yoga, or dance
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Increase flexibility with gentle exercises and/or physical therapy
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Gradually increase muscle tone and strength to support your back
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What are treatments for thoracic back pain?

Depends on pain: The treatments for thoracic pain will depend on the nature of pain. If it is degenerative disc disease, it may be treated with physical therapy (range of motion, vibration, massage, heat/cold etc). If it scoliosis, again, physical therapy +/- surgery may be an option. If the pain is referred to the thoracic area, but is caused by a chest or abdominal disorder, those need to be diagnosed & treated. ...Read more

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I have back pain. Do I need diagnostic tests?

No necessarily: Not necessarily. Pain needs to be assessed completely. If it is only a muscular pain caused by strain, then diagnostic tests won't be helpful. Doctors should order diagnostic imaging and testing if progressive or severe neurological deficits are suspected, or when they are thinking of serious underlying conditions on their examination. ...Read more

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Dr. Joshua Batt Dr. Batt
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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
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Avoid fast movements
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See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
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What can cause back pain and what can I do to relieve it?

What can cause back pain and what can I do to relieve it?

Pain: There are many causes of back pain: strain, arthritis, herniated disk, cardiac, kidney stones or infection, sciatica , shingles among many others. Treatment depends on the cause and ranges from conservative to surgery. ...Read more

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I had protected sex with my partner and now have white milky discharge what does it mean with little back pain not sure feels like cramps?

I had protected sex with my partner and now have white milky discharge what does it mean with little back pain not sure feels like cramps?

Unclear-See a MD: Probably worth getting seen and checked out. Could be that you have a Urinary tract infection. Seems hard to believe, but maybe a sexually transmitted disease. Could be just from hormones and progressing through your cycle. If you don't normally get back pain with your cycle, worth seeing a physician to be seen for this further. ...Read more

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Managing Knee Pain (Checklist)

Try to determine the cause
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Write down severity, duration, location (front/back of knee, etc.)
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If swollen, ice the knee with a bag of ice, bag of frozen peas, etc.
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See a doctor
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How can I treat back pain?

Many ways: There are so many ways to treat back pain. In my opinion stretching can be the most helpful. Also it is important not to become too inactive as this will just weaken the back muscles and cause more problems. Physical therapy, sometimes medications, sometimes injections are also some of the treatments. Most back pain is rarely serious. For back pain that does not go away on its own, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Does a person with low back pain usually see a orthopedic surgeon or a pain rehab doctor that treats back pain? How long does it take to get a referra

Is it inflammatory?: Inflammatory back pain (ibp) is characterized by stiffness upon awakening, improvement with activity, awakening at night, prompt response to nsaids, and radiation to the buttocks. Ibp can signal the presence of spondyloarthritis, and should be evaluated by a rheumatologist. Pain that is worse with activity, improves with rest, and doesn't radiate is likely due to disc degeneration or overuse. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Managing Pain from Cancer (Checklist)

Ask oncologist to refer you to cancer pain specialist
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Ask pain specialist about both interventional and medication options
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If pancreatic cancer, ask about a celiac plexus block
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If neuropathy, request trial of ketamine-based topical creams
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How do I know if I should be treated for mild back pain?

How bad is it? : I don't know what is causing your back pain, but you have to decide if it is bad enough... Back pain is most commonly caused by posture, and muscle imbalance leading to spasm. Exercise should help promote awareness of your body and your posture, strengthen what you need to strengthen, and stretch what you need to stretch. Yoga is ideal for this. Body awareness will help prevent re-injury, too. ...Read more

Dr. Craig Wiener Dr. Wiener
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Managing Chronic Pelvic Pain (Checklist)

office evaluation
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pelvic exam
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What is the best way to get treatment for back pain?

What is the best way to get treatment for back pain?

Get to md: See a ortho, pmr or your pcp and get referral to good pt. Some pts don't need a script and you could go straight to them. ...Read more

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Dr. Robert Kent Dr. Kent
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Living with Ongoing Pain (Checklist)

Be sure correct diagnosis is made
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Only go to a pain physician trained to treat chronic pain
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Continue to look for more therapies that might be right for you
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Keep moving. Do not let pain sideline you. Pain will only get worse.
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Are?There any injections ?That can cure back pain caused by spine curvature?

Are?There any injections ?That can cure back pain caused by spine curvature?

No: There is no one miracle shot that will cure back pain from abnormal curvature of the spine. However, early detection and treatment can minimize or at the very least decrease the effects of curvature on back pain. ...Read more

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What can I do to get rid of back pain that hurts so bad I can barely do anything ?

What can I do to get rid of back pain that hurts so bad I can barely do anything ?

Try Simple Measures: Try icing your back for 20 minutes or so laying on your side. Try some over the counter analgesics like Aleve (naproxen) or Motrin (you can use the generic versions). If no relief, see a doctor right away. If there is interference with walking or bowel or bladder problems, that's an emergency and you need to get to an er asap. ...Read more

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Dr. Qamar Khan
2,656 doctors shared insights

Pain In The Back (Definition)

Pain in the back = dorsalgia = discomfort of any ...Read more