Did you know that back pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States with more than one-half of all working Americans experiencing symptoms each year? In fact, experts say that as many as 80% of the population will experience a back problem at some time in our lives. The good news is that most causes of back pain are not related to serious conditions or incidents such as infection, sports or accident-related fractures or cancer. Most often, symptoms occur from causes that can be prevented or modified such as arthritis, poor posture, obesity, stress and more. When an individual experiences back pain, anyone, if not all of the following factors may come to mind:
What is causing my back pain?
The back may be one of the most complex structures in our body and it sustains a tremendous amount of wear and tears with each of the activities we do every day. In many instances, back pain is the result of overuse or injury. It is not uncommon for pain to arise from poor posture, standing or sitting for long periods of time, smoking, trauma from a fall and much more.
How do I go about diagnosing and treating my back pain?
Diagnosing the cause of back pain can be complicated and should be conducted by an experienced medical professional. Your medical provider will lead you through a series of important questions related to your pain intensity, lifestyle factors and more. A large variety of interventional treatments and minimally invasive procedures will likely be available for most people experiencing back pain, allowing patients to return to work and to their active lifestyles.
What are some ways to keep my back healthy?
Back pain prevention methods at work and home are important steps to understand and keep top of mind to avoid injury and chronic pain. Exercising, eating healthy, practicing good posture and proper lifting techniques are just a few of the ways you can prevent the onset of back pain.
How do I cope with my back pain?
Unfortunately for some, pain management is a part of day-to-day life for the long-term. However, there are many techniques that can be implemented to eliminate pain or at the very least, keep it at a tolerable level. Proper medication compliance, lifestyle factors, exercise and strength, stress and activity level all play a significant role in pain management.
The expert team at Advanced Pain Management is committed to identifying the source of back pain and finding the right treatment options for each individual patient. Understanding and protecting the spine is important to everyone’s wellbeing.
What steps are you taking to prevent back pain or treat symptoms associated with work and lifestyle factors?
Explore each area of diagnosis, treatment, and prevention in much greater detail by downloading our newly expanded Back Pain Guide.