The back is the largest bodily structure that is referred to as one part (while there is a ‘front’ of the body, it is referred to as the chest, stomach or abdomen), and comprises several bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Because it makes up such a large surface area, when experiencing pain, it is often categorized into three parts: the upper, middle and lower back. Back pain most often affects the upper or lower back and can be caused by an injury, an illness or a medical condition. Fortunately, there are doctors who dedicated their entire career to helping people manage and overcome their back pain.
What are some causes of back pain?
Conditions commonly associated with back pain include:
- Muscle or Ligament Strain — Twisting, pulling or quickly changing direction can cause back muscles or ligaments to become strained.
- Bulging or Ruptured Disks — Herniated disks go by many names and are typically caused by an injury after a disk has been subjected to wear and tear.
- Arthritis — One of the most common chronic conditions in the US, arthritis can affect the back, causing pain and limited mobility.
- Osteoporosis — When bones lose tissue, they can become fragile and brittle, which is a condition known as osteoporosis.
How do I know if my back pain is serious?
The following symptoms of back pain may indicate a serious condition:
- Sudden spike in pain, discomfort, weakness or numbness
- Loss of bladder function
- High fever
- Severe stomach pain
- Unexplainable weight loss
- Pain resulting from a fall or severe impact
When should I see a doctor for back pain?
The following signs and symptoms of back pain should be addressed by a medical professional as soon as possible:
- Pain is severe or constant
- Pain that lasts more than two weeks
- Pain that prevents participation from usual activities
- Pain that interrupts sleep
- Unexplained weight loss
- Constant or intense pain, especially at night
- Pain that spreads down the leg, in particular below the knee
- Weakness, numbness or tingling in the legs
- Swelling or redness on the back
- Infection or fracture that may affect the spine
How is back pain treated?
Back pain can have many different causes; therefore, there are many ways to treat back pain. However, treatment does not only depend on its cause, it also depends on the severity of the condition, the overall health of the patient, if other methods have proven unsuccessful and how the patient responds to treatment. At Renew Health, we specialize in treating back pain without the use of medications or surgery. More often than not, these methods do not work to address the underlying cause of the pain, but only mask it. While surgery can repair damage to soft tissues, it often comes with long recovery periods and the risk of serious complications. Without addressing the root cause of the pain, it is, more than likely, going to return once the topical solution wears off. Treatments like PRP therapy, massage therapy and physical rehabilitation focus on taking care of what is causing the pain and actively work on restrengthening the body to prevent future injuries.
If you are experiencing back pain, trust the professionals at Renew Health to help you find relief. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating back pain without the use of surgery or drugs, so you can live a pain-free life without depending on painkillers. We pride ourselves in our patient-centered care and truly care about each patient who walks through our doors. Call us today at (281) 369-8445 to book an appointment, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 1850 Avenue D, Katy, TX 77493. Our clinic is open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, and on Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. We serve patients from Katy TX, Brookshire TX, Houston TX, Richmond TX, Fulshear TX, Sealy TX, Pattison TX, and Cypress TX. Looking forward to serve you!