Back pain is an extremely common condition that may be present for a number of reasons (i.e. traumatic injury, degenerative condition, obesity, muscle strain, etc.) and may cause pain that is mild, moderate or severe.
Symptoms may vary depending on the cause of back pain, and could improve within the first 72 hours of conservative treatment. Acute or chronic back pain may exhibit the following symptoms:
- Muscle ache
- Shooting, stabbing or dull pain
- Pain that radiates toward the neck or down the legs
- Decreased range-of-motion and flexibility
- Pain that reduces with rest or minimal movement
Treatment for back pain will likely depend on the cause and severity of symptoms. Conservative treatment options such as ice, rest, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications may improve symptoms for short-term back pain. Chronic back pain may require the following: