Back Pain

back pain

What Is Back Pain?

Spinal anatomy is a remarkable structure of bones that are strong, ligaments and tendons that are flexible, plenty of muscles, nerves and nerve roots that are highly sensitive. The spinal cord is usually described as having three segments: the thoracic, lumbar, and sacral parts of our backbone. The nerve passes to the next level through a bony canal, but it runs over a weak spot in the disc space. This is where discs tend to herniate, or extrude and cause pain.

Back pain may be mild or extreme, sharp or a dull achy pain, a quick pang or constantly bothersome. Back pain is the second most common reason people see their doctor, one of the most common reasons people miss work, and is a leading cause of disability worldwide.

Signs and Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of back pain may include:

  • Muscle ache
  • Pain that gets worse while bending, stretching, coughing, and sneezing
  • Shooting or stabbing localized pain
  • Pain that radiates from the lower back, down your leg to the toes
  • Limited flexibility or range of motion of the back
  • Persistent stiffness or aching along the length of your spine
  • Muscle spasms in the lower back when standing upright

Causes of Back Pain

While most causes of back pain are physical, emotional and dietary stress can play a role in the severity and the amount of time the pain lasts. Some of the causes of back pain include:

  • Muscle strain from lifting or habitual postures
  • Sports or training injury
  • Accidents, falls
  • Inactivity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Disc damage
  • Pregnancy
  • Aging
  • Family history of back pain
  • Prior back injury

The Wide Variety of Treatments for Back Pain

If you have back pain, you may have had or been recommended to get any number of treatments by friends, family or co-workers.

However, many treatments are shown by studies to offer temporary or little effective relief. When is an epidural injection appropriate? Should you go to a chiropractor or physical therapist, or just rest in bed until you feel better? You know you want to avoid surgery unless absolutely necessary. How do you know what to do for your back pain?

There is no single perfect option for treating back pain. Everyone is different. Everyone’s back pain has unique causes and therefore a unique way to be addressed.

Get Back to Doing What You Love

How can you get your life back as soon as possible? Dr. Mark Thompson, LAc, DPT is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and a Licensed Acupuncturist, but he doesn’t use just one approach. With over 30 years of practice, he has developed a focused, dedicated treatment approach called Acutherapy that combines a number of evidence-based proven therapies and traditions to help heal your back pain and recover faster from injury:

The skilled practitioners at Mark Thompson Acutherapy have treated thousands of patients with back pain successfully, and their goal is to help you get rid of back pain or heal from a back injury quickly and effectively. Treatments are usually a combination of modalities and consist of an hour of one on one care. If you are looking for someone who can treat you as a unique human being, who wants to help you get on with your life and lifestyle, you have found the right practice in Mark Thompson Acutherapy. Call today at 212 974-7240 or request an appointment online now.