Back Pain

Friday, July 05, 2013

Pain in the lower back is a common concern, affecting up to 90 percent of Americans at some point in their lifetime. Dr. Edward Hill discusses back pain in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Back pain can be caused by problems with the muscles, the bones or the nerves in the back.

Often, the cause of back pain is unknown. Back pain can be caused by a strain of the muscle. This type of back pain can vary; it can be dull or sharp and may get worse with sitting, standing, walking or other movement. Lying down often helps.

Sometimes a disk can bulge out, putting pressure on the nerve that is exiting between the vertebrae. Signs of a pinched nerve may include pain that radiates down your leg, numbness or tingling.

Arthritis or degeneration of the bony vertebrae can also cause back pain.

Many treatments are available for low back pain. Often exercises and physical therapy can help. Some people benefit from chiropractic therapy or acupuncture. Sometimes medications are needed.

If your pain does not get better in a few days or weeks, if you have fever or weight loss, or if you have signs of nerve involvement, you should call your doctor.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.