Getting to the Bottom of Back Pain

If you’re experiencing back pain, you’re not alone. It’s one of the most common forms of chronic pain in the United States. Despite age, fitness level, height or weight, nearly 70 percent of Americans are affected by some sort of daily back pain, from sharp and sudden to dull and aching.

Since the odds are pretty good back pain is or will be a part of your life, understanding the cause will help you better navigate your way through the discomfort. And you’ll have help along the way. Our team of providers at Immediate Clinic are here to help find solutions and ease the pain. 

What causes back pain?

The back is large and complex. Not only does it take up a lot of real estate on the human body, the back is composed of three very different systems: muscular, skeletal and nervous. That makes it a hot spot for different types and levels of pain. The main culprits are injury and underlying structural issues.Nearly 70 percent of Americans are affected by some sort of daily back pain.

Strain or injury:

Whether on the job or on the playing field, many people are susceptible to back injuries. Repeated lifting or moving of heavy objects, or lifting improperly, can easily strain back muscles and ligaments. Even the way you sit at your workstation can be a pain in the back, especially if you’re putting in long hours at the computer and don’t have proper back support.

Sports and recreational activities can also cause back problems, whether you’re an elite athlete or a weekend warrior. Talk to your Immediate Clinic provider if you think you’re at risk for back pain when at work or at play.

Structural problems: 

The back’s unique network of muscles, bones and nerves can cause specific pain for individual people. For instance, if chronic back pain runs in the family, there could be a genetic link. Back pain can also be caused by certain medical issues, such as arthritis, osteoporosis, sciatica and scoliosis. When visiting an urgent care clinic, make sure you disclose your full family medical history. Your provider will have a much better idea of where your pain might be coming from.

How do you prevent back pain?

Once the source of pain is determined, you can take a few simple steps to manage your symptoms and prevent future back pain and injuries.

  • Sit or stand properly to help ensure your spinal column is properly aligned and pain-free. Poor posture collapses and compresses the back, which can add to or aggravate existing pain. 
  • Wear comfortable, supportive shoes to keep unwanted strain off the back. 
  • Practice appropriate lifting techniques when moving heavy objects on the job or at home.
  • Use proper form when taking part in sports or recreational activities. And always stretch and warm up before the fun and games begin.

Don’t wait until back pain becomes a chronic problem. If you’re hurting, your Immediate Clinic provider will help you understand the source of your back pain, figure out why it’s happening and determine the best treatment options.

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