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Back Pain Health Center

Medical Reference Related to Back Pain

  1. Whiplash - Cause

    In most cases,upper and middle back pain is caused by: Overuse,muscle strain,or injury to the muscles,ligaments,and discs that support your spine. Poor posture. Myofascial pain that affects the connective tissue of a muscle or group of muscles. For example,some people hurt their backs when they: Slump or slouch when they sit or stand. Play sports or do yard work. Get jolted in a car ...

  2. Whiplash - Exams and Tests

    Your doctor will first ask you about your past health,your symptoms,and your work and physical activities. Then he or she will do a physical exam. Your doctor may also order an imaging test to find out if something such as a broken bone or a herniated disc is causing your pain. The type of imaging test you have depends on what kind of problem your doctor suspects. You may have one or more ...

  3. Low Back Pain - Home Treatment

    There are several things you can do at home to help reduce your pain. For example: Rest. If your back hurts a lot,take a break. But try not to let too much time pass before you get moving again. Instead,return to your activities slowly,and avoid things that make your pain worse. Studies show that bed rest doesn't relieve back pain better than staying active. And bed rest of more than a ...

  4. Whiplash - Symptoms

    In general,symptoms of upper and middle back pain may: Feel like a dull,burning,or sharp pain. Be felt at a single point or over a broad area. Start suddenly or slowly get worse. Be constant or come and go. Occur with muscle tightness or stiffness. Get worse when you do certain activities or move and sit in a certain way. More serious symptoms that need to be treated right away include: ...

  5. Low Back Pain - Get started

    Backpacks are handy for carrying books-and lots of other things. But if they’re not used right,they can strain muscles and even cause back pain. Backpack safety is important for everyone. It's especially important for children,who can be hurt by regularly carrying too much weight or by not wearing their backpacks safely. Choose the right backpack Look for these features: Light weight. ...

  6. History and Physical Exam for Low Back Pain

    A thorough history to evaluate low back pain includes an assessment of:Pattern, intensity, and duration of the current episode of low back pain (you may be asked to complete a pain drawing to identify the sites and symptoms of pain). Make sure your doctor understands what brings on or increases your pain and what makes you feel better.Spine problems you have had since birth (congenital spine ...

  7. Whiplash - When to Call a Doctor

    In most cases,back pain gets better with home treatment. So unless you have signs of a severe illness,injury,or heart attack,you can give your back pain some time to work itself out before you call your doctor. Call or other emergency services immediately if: Back pain occurs with chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack. Symptoms of a heart attack include: Chest pain or pressure,or ...

  8. Cauda Equina Syndrome Overview

    WebMD explains the symptoms, causes, treatments, and prognosis of cauda equina syndrome.

  9. Intradiscal Electrothermal Therapy (IDET) for Low Back Pain

    Intradiscal electrothermic therapy (IDET) is a relatively new, minimally invasive treatment for spinal disc - related chronic low back pain.

  10. Computed Tomography (CT) Scan of the Spine

    A computed tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays to make detailed pictures of the spine and vertebrae in the neck (cervical spine), upper back (thoracic spine), or lower back (lumbosacral spine).

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