Chronic back pain

The term chronic back pain refers to the duration of the pain; pain that lasts for more than three months is considered chronic. Unlike acute back pain which generally lasts for a few days or weeks at the most, chronic back pain can lead to an extended period of limited motion and tenderness in the affected area.

For some people experiencing chronic back pain, daily activities like work, shopping or going to the gym may be halted due to the constant pain. If you find yourself in this predicament, there are treatments available to regain your life from chronic back pain.

Causes and symptoms

The causes of chronic back pain vary; this may include anything from decreased bone strength to loss of muscle tone and elasticity. Other causes may include spine conditions such as bulging/herniated disc, spinal arthritis and bone spurs, among others. These spine conditions could result from the natural aging process or a traumatic injury.

Symptoms of chronic back pain may include:

  • Dull, burning, shooting, hot or stabbing pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Stiffness
  • Numbness and tingling
  • Weakness

Diagnosis and treatment

If you’re experiencing recurring or long-lasting back pain, we encourage you to visit your doctor. He or she may review your complete medical history and perform a physical exam. Imaging tests may be ordered as well to determine the cause of your pain. This tests can include:

  • X-rays
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Thermography
  • Discography

Once you receive a proper diagnosis, your physician will prescribe a back pain treatment plan that may combine different conservative therapies, such as:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Heat and ice therapy
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Epidural steroids
  • Nerve blocks
  • Massage
  • Acupuncture

On occasion, some patients may require a more advanced treatment to provide relief and regain mobility.

At Laser Spine Institute, our minimally invasive spine surgery treats many spine conditions that cause chronic back pain. Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures are performed on an outpatient basis, and are a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine surgery.

Contact us today to start recapturing your life from chronic pain. We can provide a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.