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Back Pain

Health Solutions -  - Board Certified Family Medicine

Health Solutions

Board Certified Family Medicine & Board Certified Pain Medicine Physicians located in Tinley Park, Rockford, and Olympia Fields, IL, & Munster, IN

If you're one of the millions of Americans who live with back pain, the team of board-certified family medicine and pain management specialists at Health Solutions can help. They offer comprehensive exams at offices in Tinley Park, Rockford, and Flossmoor, Illinois, and Munster, Indiana, to diagnose the root cause of your back pain and provide personalized treatment plans. You don't have to live with back pain; call Health Solutions, or schedule a consultation online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Several injuries and degenerative conditions cause back pain. Some of the common causes of back pain include:

  • Muscle and connective tissue sprains and strains
  • Muscle spasm
  • Herniated discs
  • Fractured vertebra
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative disc disease
  • Scoliosis
  • Osteoporosis

Back pain varies between patients. You might have sharp, stabbing pain or dull aching pain. Your pain might come and go, or it could be continuous. It might be worse with movement or after periods of rest. 

You might also have back pain with sciatica symptoms such as pain, tingling, or weakness in one or both of your legs. 

Your risk of back pain increases if you're overweight, lead a sedentary lifestyle, or have a physically demanding career. Aging is another factor that influences your chances of developing back pain.

When should I talk to a doctor about back pain?

In general, you should make an appointment at Health Solutions if you have back pain that persists for several days or gets worse instead of easing. Pain from most minor injuries subsides with a few days of rest and at-home treatments, including over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and ice. If your pain continues or gets worse, it's a sign of a more serious problem. 

How is the cause of back pain diagnosed?

Your Health Solutions doctor provides thorough exams to identify the cause of your back pain. They talk to you about your symptoms, your medical history, and any recent injuries. They examine your spine and the muscles and connective tissue in your back. Your doctor might order X-rays or MRIs to complete your diagnosis. 

Your doctor might ask you to perform some stretches or walk around the office to assess how your pain affects your movement and look for other diagnostic clues. For example, pain during certain stretches indicates sciatica, which is often caused by a herniated disc. 

How is back pain treated?

Your doctor creates a customized treatment plan to address the condition causing your pain. They often combine conventional medicine with alternative therapies to provide a holistic approach to relieving your pain and improving your overall health. Depending on your needs, your back pain treatment program might include:

  • Medication
  • Spine injections
  • Muscle injections
  • Osteopathic manipulation
  • Physical therapy

Your doctor might also recommend dietary adjustments, regular exercise, and weight loss. 

You don't have to live with back pain. Call Health Solutions, or make an appointment online today for customized treatment.