Chronic back pain symptoms

Chronic back pain symptoms are typically defined as pain and other symptoms lasting more than three months. Symptoms may vary, and could take form as anything from localized aches and pain, 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 doctor. 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.

Very often, chronic back pain symptoms are caused by displaced spinal anatomy that leads to nerve compression. 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 doctor 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 doctor has completed a full physical exam, diagnostic imagery such as an MRI or CT scan and a series of diagnostic questions about your symptoms and daily activities, 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. Work with your doctor 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 treats a range of spine conditions that are so often the source of chronic back pain. Our minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures offer an outpatient procedure and a quicker recovery^ compared to traditional open neck or back surgery.

As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we have helped thousands of patients find the relief they deserve. If your life is being disrupted, it’s time to take back your life from chronic back pain. Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more.

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