Back Pain: When to See Orthopaedic Specialist

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Posted: Jun 15, 2017 | by Alice | 0 Comment

back pain, low back pain, back pain, Virginia Orthopaedic & Spine SpecialistsBack pain is one of the most common medical problems people experience. In fact, 8 out of 10 people will have back pain at some point during their lives.

The good news is that back pain usually resolves on its own. However, you should see a health provider, such as an orthopaedic specialist, if your symptoms are severe or continue for more than three days. If you’ve hurt your back, don’t wait to get checked out. Injuries need prompt attention.

If you have numbness, muscle weakness or pain radiating down your leg, it’s important to be evaluated by an orthopaedic specialist.

Back pain treatments vary

Depending on the severity of your pain and symptoms, your health provider may recommend rest or different non-drug approaches to relieving back pain such as yoga, tai chi, massage and spinal manipulation. Be sure to clear any of these approaches with your doctor before trying them to alleviate your back pain. Some exercises might aggravate an injury and make your pain worse.

Your health provider also may recommend working with a physical therapist because they are licensed professionals trained to help people with injuries. Physical therapists can help people resume their normal activities by addressing pain levels, strengths, weaknesses and flexibility.

A new study found that yoga can be just as helpful as physical therapy for people who have chronic low-back pain, which means the pain has gone on for longer than 12 weeks.

If you’re thinking about trying yoga, make sure you find a trained, experienced instructor. Also, listen to your body and adapt any poses to your personal needs or limitations.

+ Learn about The Spine Center of Hampton Roads which helps patients of all ages with back and neck pain. Our specialists use X-ray, MRI, CT, bone scan and other advanced diagnostic tools to evaluate each patient’s individual needs. Physical therapy is available at Bon Secours In Motion Physical Therapy locations throughout Hampton Roads.

+ Do you have back and neck pain? Learn when it’s important to seek a medical evaluation. Many patients can be treated without surgery at The Spine Center of Hampton Roads.

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