What Could Be Causing My Back Pain?

Do you suffer from back pain? If so, you are not alone. In fact, Mayo Clinic estimates that approximately 80 percent of Americans will experience back pain at least once in their lifetime.

In order to appropriately assess your back pain, it’s important to find the root cause. But considering back pain tends to be a vague symptom, there are numerous potential causes. Learn about some of the most common symptoms of back pain by reading below.

Back Pain: Potential Causes

Strain: Strain is one of the most common causes of back pain. A strain can occur in any of the back muscles or ligaments and typically occurs from lifting something improperly or something too heavy or by making an abrupt and awkward movement.

Structural: Structural problems can cause back pain. Structural problems include ruptured or bulging discs, sciatica, arthritis, osteoporosis or an abnormal curvature of the spine.

Everyday Activities: Sometimes back pain can be the result of an everyday activity. This can include bending awkwardly, lifting something, standing for a long time, long driving sessions, over-stretching or even poor posture.

Other Causes of Back Pain

While less common, back pain can be caused by one of the following:

– Cancer
– Infection
– Sleep Disorder
– Shingles
– Unsupportive Mattress

When to See a Doctor

While some back pain may be eased with rest and pain management, if any of these symptoms accompany your back pain, it is important to see a doctor:

– Fever
– Back Inflammation
– Weight Loss
– Leg Pain
– Difficulty Urinating
– Fecal Incontinence
– Genital Numbness

Although you may not experience any of the above symptoms, it is also recommended that you see a doctor if you meet any of the following criteria:

– You are younger than 20 years old
– You are 55 years or older
– You have abused drugs
– You have cancer or have had cancer
– You have a low immune system

Alleviate Back Pain With Coastal Orthopedics

Fortunately, although back pain may be uncomfortable and debilitating, it is typically not serious. However, when it comes to back pain, there are a myriad of potential causes so it is important to consult with your doctor. The experienced physicians at Coastal Orthopedics will find the underlying cause of your back pain and provide the appropriate treatment to help lessen or eliminate your back pain. For more information, give us a call today or Request an Appointment online.