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Back Pain

Chesapeake ERgent Care
Emergency Medicine located in Gambrills, MD

Back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the U.S. and is the second most common reason people see a doctor. Additionally, back pain costs $60 billion annually in healthcare costs. If back pain limits your daily activities, book an appointment: Call, click, or head over to Chesapeake ERgent Care in Gambrills, Maryland.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain most often results from damage due to excessive and prolonged poor posture. Living a sedentary lifestyle along with poor conditioning sets you up to allow trivial motions – including bending over, sneezing, and coughing – to cause injuries that lead to back pain.

Acute back pain lasts up to two weeks and goes away with minimal treatment. Back pain becomes chronic when your pain persists beyond two to four weeks. While back strain is the leading cause of back pain, other causes include:

Disc herniation

Disc herniation is a rupture or tear of the cartilage that surrounds your vertebral discs. Pressure from the vertebrae surrounding the affected disc squeezes the cushioning substance that then presses against the nerve roots in your spine, causing severe leg pain and nerve damage when not treated correctly.

Osteoarthritis/spinal stenosis

The space that surrounds your spinal column narrows.

Trauma

Injury due to an accident or fall often leads to a fracture or muscle strain.

Less common issues back pain causes

  • Inflammation
  • Dislocation
  • Cancer
  • Fracture

Non-spinal causes of back pain

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Kidney stones
  • Infection
  • Perforation of a stomach ulcer

How is back pain diagnosed?

To determine the cause of your back pain, the medical staff at Chesapeake ERgent Care asks about your lifestyle. That includes what type of work you do, your activities, and hobbies.

The medical staff also needs to know when the pain started, where exactly it is, how it affects your daily routine, as well as whether your pain has responded to any treatment. You then undergo a physical exam that often includes:

  • X-rays
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • CT scans
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Lab tests

MRI, CT, EMG are all tests that need to be ordered and sent out.

How is back pain treated?

If you have treated your back pain with over-the-counter pain relievers, heat, or ice without showing any progress, you may experience positive results from prescription medication, IV treatments, or a back brace, which are all available at Chesapeake ERgent Care.

To find relief from your back pain, call, click, or head over to Chesapeake ERgent Care in Gambrills, Maryland.

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