Causes of Back Pain and When To Visit Your Urgent Care Facility

Date Created: 08/02/2016
By Nicholas Dodaro, M.D., ABEM, FACEP


At GuideWell Emergency Doctors, we know that when you injure your back the experience, and the pain along with it, can be terrible. Whether or not the back pain is from an injury, the healing process can be lengthy and frustrating. 
Back pain symptoms include, but are not limited, to:
•    Sharp pain anywhere from your neck to your hips
•    Constant achiness
•    Stiffness 
Chronic back pain happens after long periods of sitting or standing, and is located around the lower or middle back. This pain is usually caused  by irritating previous injuries and can cause spasms. Sometimes the pain can go right down to your legs and be very annoying and painful.
Back pain happens when something is off in the way your joints, muscles, spine, discs and nerves fit and work together. There are various types of injuries and issues that can cause back pain:
-    Herniated or slipped discs
-    Bulging discs
-    Degenerative disc disease    
-    Sprains
-    Spasms 
-    And more...
Apart from injuries, there are various other triggers that can cause back pain such as lifestyle triggers, emotional or mental triggers or medical conditions.
Lifestyle triggers such as weight gain, lifting heavy objects improperly or even wearing heels can aggravate the back. 
When it comes to your emotional and mental health, your back could be at risk. Stress can cause muscles to tense up, and if you’re suffering from anxiety or depression, they can  worsen the pain.
Finally, medical conditions like arthritis, osteoarthritis or scoliosis can affect your back, causing stiffness and pain.
The most important thing to keep in mind is to never ignore back pain. Because back pain can be connected to a variety of causes, it is always best to visit your physician or nearest urgent care facility to help assess the situation. 
GuideWell Emergency Doctors can help diagnose and treat your back pain so you can return to your activities as soon as possible.

 

Nicholas Dodaro, M.D., ABEM, FACEP

Dr. Dodaro is board certified with the American Board of Emergency Medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians. He is a graduate of Tulane University Medical School in New Orleans, Louisiana. His residency training included an internship at Georgetown University in Internal Medicine followed by Emergency Medicine at the University of Florida HSC Jacksonville, Florida. Dr. Dodaro still enjoys seeing patients in all Crucial Care facilities and serves in a variety of leadership and management roles throughout the organization. He has held privileges in a variety of settings, such as private hospitals, free standing Emergency Departments, and Academic Medical Centers. He is actively involved in the growth and development of the Crucial Care Management Services based in Jacksonville. Dr. Dodaro enjoys spending time with his wife and three children.

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