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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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
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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

Dr. Boris Aronzon Dr. Aronzon
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Back pain (Tip)

Is surgery an option with my type of back pain? ...See more

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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. Jimmy Bowen Dr. Bowen
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Back pain (Tip)

How can i prevent back pain in the future? ...See more

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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

Mike Moore Dr. Moore
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Back pain (Tip)

Ask your doctor if they have a favorite physical therapist that they use to treat back pain. ...See more

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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

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

Low back pain: It depends on the severity of pain. Sudden pain with numbness or weakness or tingling in the legs that lasts for more than a week or gets worse would indicate a likely disc herniation. Your pcp should get an MRI prior to referring you to a specialist depending on the MRI findings.
Gradual onset of pain might mean arthritis of he spine. Surgery should only be considered after all non surgical. ...Read more

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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

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Is Pilates better than yoga for treating back pain?

Is Pilates better than yoga for treating back pain?

It depends: Both yoga and Pilates are good for core strengthening. Both work for some people. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis Dr. Davis
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Back pain (Tip)

Is my pain due to a problem in my spine? ...See more

Dr. Qamar Khan
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Pain In The Back (Definition)

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