Navigation Links
Is My Sudden Back Pain from My Spine, or is it Something Else?
Date:8/26/2020

Sudden pain anywhere in the body typically makes us stop what we’re doing – and that’s especially true when it’s in your back. But is your sudden back pain due to a problem in your spine, or something else?

The short answer is: It depends, says Kaliq Chang, MD, of Atlantic Spine Center.

Low back pain is so prevalent that it’s the second most common reason Americans see a doctor, according to the US National Library of Medicine. But all back pain isn’t created equal, and acute back pain has many various causes – from minor to life-threatening.

“It’s important to understand that sharp back pain isn’t usually serious. Most commonly, it’s caused by something just as sudden, like an injury to the muscles and ligaments that support the back from a fall or from heavy lifting,” explains Dr. Chang, an interventional pain management specialist.

“Your acute back pain might be due to muscle spasms, or to a tear or strain in back muscles and ligaments,” he adds. “Still, while these are the most common triggers, everyone should be aware of the array of possible causes of sudden back pain so they can seek medical care when appropriate.”

Symptoms and causes of sudden back pain

Sudden back pain may seem self-explanatory: it’s sudden, and your back really hurts. But depending on the cause, Dr. Chang says other symptoms can also include pain in your leg, hip or bottom of your foot, or even weakness in your arms or legs.

“Pain isn’t a one-size-fits-all sensation, either,” he adds. “Back pain can also read as tingling and burning, and it can be so severe you’re unable to walk, sit straight or even move.”

What are potential reasons for sudden back pain? According to Dr. Chang, spine-related causes include:

  • Compression fracture to the spine from osteoporosis, which thins the bones
  • Cancer that involves the spine
  • Ruptured or herniated spinal disc
  • Spinal stenosis, or narrowing of the spinal canal
  • Muscle or ligament strains or tears in the back
  • Arthritis-related spinal degeneration
  • Infection of the spine

Meanwhile, causes of sudden back pain that are something else – in other words, not spine-related – include:

  • Leaking abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Kidney stones or infection
  • Pregnancy problems
  • Women’s reproductive conditions, such as ovarian cysts or cancer; uterine fibroids; or endometriosis

When to see a doctor
Most back pain, even if it comes on suddenly, lasts from a few days to a few weeks, Dr. Chang says. But how do you know if you should be patient and ride it out, or if you should see a doctor?

Dr. Chang advises calling your doctor immediately if you have:

  • Severe blow or fall that triggers your back pain
  • Blood in your urine or a burning sensation while urinating
  • History of cancer
  • Loss of control over your bowel or bladder
  • Unexplained fever with back pain
  • Weakness or numbness in your pelvis, buttocks, thigh or leg
  • Pain that travels below the knees
  • Inability to get comfortable regardless of body position

“To be clear, the majority of back pain isn’t due to anything serious,” Dr. Chang says. “But there are sometimes reasons to worry. Listen to your gut and see a doctor if your sudden back pain doesn’t ease or includes other alarming symptoms.”

Atlantic Spine Center is a nationally recognized leader for endoscopic spine surgery with several locations in NJ and NYC. http://www.atlanticspinecenter.com, http://www.atlanticspinecenter.nyc

Kaliq Chang, MD, is an interventional pain management specialist, double board-certified in interventional pain management and anesthesiology, at Atlantic Spine Center.

Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/is_my_sudden_back_pain_from_my_spine_or_is_it_something_else/prweb17347693.htm.


'/>"/>
Source: PRWeb
Copyright©2020 Vocus, Inc.
All rights reserved


Related medicine technology :

1. David Young Invents Two-Dimensional Arrhythmia Monitor to Help Reduce Sudden Cardiac Death [SCD]
2. National Safety Council Alarmed by Sudden Increase in Prescription Opioid Overdoses
3. Emergency University Equips Homeland Security, Army Reserve with SCA Response Program to Save Lives of Sudden Cardiac Arrest Victims
4. Henry Ford Hospital Implants New Defibrillator for People at Risk of Sudden Cardiac Arrest
5. Interventional Spine, Inc. Announces the Launch of a New, Redesigned Version of its Website
6. Extremities Market (Spine, Knee, Hip) Trends, Growth Drivers and Forecasts to 2018
7. Clinical Experts Report on How Varian Technology Can Be Used for the Precise, Noninvasive, Simultaneous Treatment of Multiple Metastases in the Brain, Spine, Head & Neck, and Lung
8. Global Orthopedic Device (Hip, Knee, Spine, Extremities and Trauma Devices) Market 2015-2019
9. Medical Tracking Solutions, Inc. announces new client Custom Spine, Inc.
10. RSB Spine, LLC, Announces International Distribution and Licensing Agreement
11. As Workout Aids Go, Pickle Juice Idea May Leave Many Thirsty for Something More Powerful in the Battle of the Bulge, says Prime Body Sculpting
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... The University of Texas Health Science Center ... San Antonio Multispecialty and Research Hospital, a destination center for research and treatment of ... In a nod to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ceremony was held virtually. , William ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... Iora Health ... primary care, has partnered with Devoted Health , one of the fastest-growing ... across Maricopa County and provides seniors with the highest-quality care and experience possible, ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... CITY (PRWEB) , ... March 29, 2021 , ... ... has joined the Vaccine Credential Initiative (VCI), a group bringing together leading health ... record of vaccination status, based on open, interoperable standards. By joining the VCI ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:3/30/2021)... , ... March 29, 2021 , ... ... the 21st Century , A Virtual Workshop Presented by WCG FDAnews and Cerulean ... 4:30 pm EDT, https://wcg.swoogo.com/modern-sop-and-quality-systems , Are one’s SOPs written for the ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... According to data released ... reproductive age (13-44) in need of publicly funded contraception live in counties impacted by ... Colorado’s 64 counties have lost some of their Title X resources. , The ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 29, 2021 , ... Health Literacy Innovations (HLI), a ... confusion due to low health literacy today announces a new partnership with the ... work with ACAP’s member Safety Net Health Plans, those that provide comprehensive health ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... ... Dr. Colin Campbell is proud to announce the 1 year anniversary in their new state ... internal medicine and is a primary care specialist who has been practicing for 23 years. ... keep South Jersey healthy one patient at a time. , “Over the past year, Dr. ...
(Date:3/30/2021)... ... March 30, 2021 , ... The COVID-19 ... and survivors; their families; and their caregivers. Crossroads4Hope is addressing the needs of ... emotional support system, MyGo2Support, which meets needs of people impacted by cancer, no ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):