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Like neck pain, back pain refers to a broad category of sensations which can affect the middle-upper or lower back, and may even radiate into the legs. Back pain usually ranges from a dull ache, to burning, to a shooting or stabbing feeling. Most back pain resolves with rest or home remedies, but this is not always the case. If you are experiencing:
there could be a serious medical problem and it may be time to see a doctor.
Lower back pain can develop from a number of sources. Often, it occurs due to mechanical issues concerning the muscles, ligaments, tendons, or bones in your back. In other cases the pain may be neurological in nature, and might require tests or detailed imaging to properly diagnose.
Causes of lower back pain include:
A structural deformity in the spine, such as scoliosis, can also lead to lower back pain.
Numerous treatments can provide relief or help you manage your back pain depending on its severity and symptoms. While surgery can address many of the causes of back pain listed above, surgery is rarely recommended immediately. After an evaluation, our providers may first advise one or more conservative treatments, such as:
In the event that conservative therapies fail to relieve your pain and a more potent approach is needed, Dr. Li may recommend surgery.