Back Pain Treatment in Chicago
Acute & Chronic Lower Back Pain Treatment
More than 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point during their life. Back pain can negatively affect your ability to work, stay physically active, or spend time with family and friends without proper treatment. At Pinnacle Pain Management, pain management expert Neeraj Jain, MD, works with patients to diagnose and treat back pain safely and effectively.
If you or a loved one needs Chicago back pain treatment, make an appointment by calling the office at (630) 793-0104 or booking online today.
What Is Back Pain?
Your spine contains 33 vertebrae, as well as dozens of muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves. If these hard or soft tissues experience injury, illness, or inflammation, it can result in general discomfort or disability.
Back pain is one of the most common musculoskeletal problems in the United States. It’s responsible for more than $100 billion in lost productivity every year. If you experience back pain due to a work-related accident or personal injury, seek treatment as soon as possible. Doing so could mean the difference between a quick recovery or a lengthy, painful treatment process.
What Are the Symptoms of Back Pain?
Back pain affects everyone differently and depends on the underlying cause. Some people experience sharp, stabbing, or electric-like pain; others experience dull and throbbing pain.
Common telltale signs of back pain include:
- Muscle aches
- Shooting pain
- Pain that radiates to the arms or legs
- Pain that worsens during physical activity
- Pain that improves while sitting or lying down
If you experience back pain, you might also find it difficult to perform routine tasks, such as taking out the trash, picking up your child, or climbing a flight of stairs.
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Who Is at Risk of Experiencing Back Pain?
Back pain affects people of all ages, races, and genders. However, certain factors may increase your risk, including being overweight, smoking, or having arthritis. You’re also more likely to experience back pain if you live a primarily sedentary lifestyle or your job requires you to lift objects regularly. If lifting is a part of your daily routine, make sure to use proper form. This means lifting with your buttocks and legs, not your spine.
What Is the Process for Diagnosing Back Pain?
To diagnose back pain, Dr. Jain reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms, and conducts a physical exam.
Depending on your individual needs, he might also ask you to walk around the exam room to observe your gait and posture or take X-rays or an MRI to get a closer look at your vertebrae and the soft tissues that support your spine.
Determining if your back pain is acute or chronic begins with how long the pain lasts. Acute back pain is shorter term than chronic and generally lasts two to four weeks. But if back pain persists for months, it has become chronic.
Acute Back Pain
Short-term back pain frequently results from traumas like sports injuries, vehicular accidents, or over-exertion when lifting heavy objects. But acute back pain may also result from conditions like arthritis. But just because acute back pain may not last as long as chronic back pain, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a serious problem. It can disrupt your life and cause you weeks of suffering.
Chronic Back Pain
Chronic back pain is diagnosed as chronic when suffering continues for three months or more. One of the hallmarks of a chronic back condition is that the pain gradually amps up, worsening over time. The precise root of chronic back pain is often difficult to diagnose.
Whether chronic or acute, back pain symptoms can run the gamut. You might experience overall back muscle aches or a sudden jolt of pain in one or more locations in the back. You may have trouble with the simplest movements, like turning from side to side, bending, or just trying to stand up. In some cases, back pain may radiate from the original injury and continue through other areas of the body.
Treating Your Back Pain
Many people don’t realize it, but many kinds of back pain can often be relieved without the need for surgery. A classic and often effective treatment is using cold and heat compresses or packs at the point of injury or pain. This aids in the reduction of inflammation and restores some mobility.
Reducing inflammation helps strengthen the back and decrease the likelihood of re-injuring the area. With proper, consistent treatments, a patient can often heal without losing normal functioning.
Pinnacle Pain Management specializes in the treatment of both chronic and acute back pain conditions. We have an array of therapeutic methods available. Once the cause of your back pain has been examined and we have assessed the situation, we can design a plan for back pain treatment in Chicago.
Reach Out to Pinnacle Pain Management
At Pinnacle Pain Management, our priority is returning you to normal function so that you can take those first steps to a full life. We have many convenient locations to serve you in the Greater Chicago Area.
Don’t let back pain prevent you from participating in activities you love. Call the office at (630) 793-0104 to explore your treatment options or book an appointment online today.