Chronic back pain symptoms

Chronic back pain symptoms are those that last more than three months. Symptoms may vary, and could take form as anything from mild tingling in one arm to burning pain that shoots down one leg and into the foot.

Regardless of the severity of your symptoms, it is important to track your pain — its location, nature and duration — so you can accurately describe it to your primary care physician. This way, your physician can diagnose the problem and tailor a schedule of chronic back pain treatment to your personal needs.

What causes chronic back pain symptoms?

Your spine is made up of vertebrae, protective discs, muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. The nerves help coordinate signals between the central nervous system and the peripheral nervous system.

Generally, chronic back pain symptoms arise from a damaged spinal disc that puts stress on the nerves. Discs are damaged as they begin to break down with age or can be weakened due to overuse and injury.

Diagnosis and early treatment

The location of your back pain can help your physician isolate whether the damaged disc and compressed nerve resides in the lumbar (lower), thoracic (middle) or cervical (upper) region of the spine. To prepare yourself for your physician’s visit, consider the following questions:

  • Do I feel pain in one or both of my legs?
  • Does the pain seem to radiate, or shoot, down my legs?
  • Do I feel pain in my tailbone?
  • Do I feel pain around my rib cage?
  • Does my neck hurt?
  • Does a tingling sensation ever occur?
  • Do I ever experience loss of feeling?
  • Do I ever experience muscle weakness?
  • What movements are most difficult for me?

Once your physician has completed a full physical exam, an MRI or CT scan and a series of diagnostic questions like the ones above, you will be ready to embark on a course of chronic back pain management.

Conservative treatments like pain medication, physical therapy and chiropractic care prove effective for many patients. Ask your physician to develop a personalized treatment plan for your specific condition.

Laser Spine Institute

If conservative options are unsuccessful at providing relief after weeks or months of treatment, Laser Spine Institute may be able to help.

Our minimally invasive spine surgery addresses chronic back pain by treating many spine conditions. Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures allow for a quicker recovery^ without the muscle damage and disruption associated with traditional open back surgery.

Using a less than 1-inch incision, our minimally invasive outpatient procedures have helped more than 75,000 people find the relief they deserve. It’s time to take back your life from chronic back pain. Contact Laser Spine Institute for your no-cost MRI review* to find out if you are a candidate for one of our minimally invasive procedures.