Back Pain Specialist Questions and Answers
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Back pain affects us all at some point during our lives. Most of the time it is fleeting and pain is mild. However, in serious cases the pain can be excruciating. Stretching and exercise are important to practice to maintain good back health. Even with good exercise and regular stretching, medical conditions can lead to complications resulting in back pain.
How do I know if my back pain is serious?
If your back pain is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, seek medical attention right away:
- a fever of 100.4ºF or above
- unexplained weight loss
- swelling of the back
- constant back pain that does not ease after resting or lying down
- pain down your legs and below the knees
- pain caused by a recent injury or trauma to your back
- loss of bladder control
- inability to pass urine
- loss of bowel control
- numbness (loss of feeling, or a tingling sensation) around the pelvic region
- if you have osteoporosis
- if you had a recent infection
What causes back pain in females?
Piriformis Syndrome — Piriformis syndrome is pain originating from spasms in your piriformis muscle, a small muscle located deep in the buttock. Due to hormone and pregnancy-related changes in the pelvis, women are affected more by piriformis syndrome than men are.
Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction — The sacroiliac (SI) joint connects the bottom of your spine to your pelvis. Pain in the SI joint is called sacroiliac joint dysfunction or sacroiliitis. Compared to men, women typically have a smaller SI joint surface area, resulting in a higher concentration of stresses across the joint. The sacrum in women is also wider, less curved, more uneven, and tilted more backward, which may cause problems in the sacroiliac joint.
Spinal Osteoarthritis — Wear and tear arthritis of the facet joints that connect your vertebrae is common in women. The risk is greater with an increase in weight and with age.
Degenerative Spondylolisthesis — Degenerative spondylolisthesis refers to the slipping of one vertebra over another due to degeneration. Due to lower levels of estrogen, the condition is more common in post-menopausal women. When levels of estrogen are low, spinal instability is caused by the degradation of the vertebral discs and loosening of the ligaments that hold the vertebrae together. Among this age group, there is also a higher chance of associated spinal osteoarthritis, increasing the risk of vertebral slippage.
Coccydynia (Tailbone Pain) — Pain in the tail end of your spine, also known as the coccyx, occurs mainly due to trauma. Due to the differences in the shape and angle of the pelvis and from injury during childbirth, the condition is more common in women.
Endometriosis — A gynecological disorder that exclusively affects women, endometriosis is a condition that causes the tissues of the uterus to grow outside the womb.
Spinal Osteoporosis Fractures — Osteoporosis occurs when the density of your bone decreases, making it fragile and susceptible to fracture. When there is a higher rate of bone loss compared to new bone formation, osteoporosis occurs. In the post-menopausal age, women are four times more likely to develop osteoporosis than men are. This dissimilitude may be due to loss of bone at a younger age, the deficiency of the estrogen hormone, and loss of bone at a more rapid pace.
Unidentified — Women may also experience back pain with no identifiable cause. Typical changes in a woman’s lifecycle can trigger a torrent of events leading to back pain, including hormonal imbalances, pregnancy, childbirth, and weight gain, particularly in the abdomen.
Consult a doctor right away if you have back pain that is not relieved by self-care, affects your daily work or causes neurological symptoms (numbness or weakness). A doctor can help diagnose and treat the cause of your back pain and help to prevent back pain in the future.
What can I do to relieve my back pain?
A few things you can practice to relieve back pain are:
- Stretch often
- Maintain good posture
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Quit smoking
- Use ice and heat packs
- Try a medicated cream
What organs can cause lower back pain?
Any organs located near the lower back can cause back pain. These organs include the kidneys, pancreas and colon.
If you or someone you know is experiencing back pain, come see the specialists at Back Pain & Sciatica Center today! Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating back pain and can help relieve your symptoms. For more information on our back pain treatments, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our back pain specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.