Dr. Keiper Shares What To Do About Back Pain — Healthcare Business Today

Types of Back Pain

Back pain episodes can occur for many reasons. Certain back pain issues arise from lifestyle situations. Sitting for too long or lifting in an irregular way can cause stiffness or a sharp pain when moving. Other types of back pain originate in the spine and may need professional treatment.

Typical Symptoms

Typical symptoms of back pain include:

  • long lasting pain that may come and go
  • pain that spreads down one or both legs
  • unexplained weight loss
  • numbness or weakness

More Severe Symptoms

More severe types of back pain can include:

  • bladder problems
  • pain that does not improve
  • fever
  • back pain that has occurred after trauma

What Causes Back Pain?

The spine is responsible for a wide variety of movement. Twisting, standing, and getting up from a seated position are all possible because of the strength and flexibility of the spine. When the spinal structure is damaged, back pain can be severe.

Anatomical causes for back pain can include:

  • facet joints
  • large muscles
  • spinal nerves
  • intervertebral discs

Spine Conditions

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How To Minimize Discomfort

Minimizing additional damage is key when healing from back pain. Depending on the diagnosis, this can mean different precautions. Because Dr. Glenn Keiper is one of the top surgeons in his field, he is skilled in examining the patient and assessing the condition. Before any kind of diagnosis is made, specific questions must be answered including a family medical history.

When Is It Time To Think About Surgery?

Back pain that lasts longer than a few weeks can be an indication of a more serious condition. It is important to visit a physician when back pain prevents everyday activities or appears after trauma. For severe pain or pain in an unusual area of the back, a specialized medical professional should examine the spine.

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Founder of KeiperSpine and the Spine Surgery Center

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