Back pain is a common problem that affects about 8 in 10 adults. In most cases, back pain subsides on its own through rest and other conservative measures. However, if your pain persists, it may point to a more serious underlying health problem. At South Bay Wellness Center in San Jose, California, Jay Ebadat, DC, provides holistic, integrative care for back pain, including spinal decompression, and cold laser therapy. To schedule an appointment, book a consultation online, or call the office today.
Back Pain Q&A
What is back pain?
Of all the musculoskeletal problems, back pain is the most common worldwide. Each year, it costs the US economy billions of dollars in missed work and lost productivity.
Fortunately, with early intervention, it’s possible to treat back pain. Conservative care measures and improved posture can ease symptoms, encourage mobility, and speed up your body’s natural healing process.
What are the symptoms of back pain?
Back pain affects everyone differently. Sometimes, it causes painful shooting, stabbing, or burning sensations. Other times, it results in a dull ache or pain that radiates down your buttocks and into your legs. Most back pain responds to rest, light exercise, and over-the-counter medication.
If your back pain persists for longer than two weeks, causes weakness or tingling in your legs, or occurs alongside unexplained weight loss, it’s important to seek professional medical help right away.
What are some common causes of back pain?
Back pain occurs for various reasons. At South Bay Wellness Center, Dr. Ebadat regularly treats back pain caused by:
- Muscle and ligament strains
- Bulging or ruptured discs
- Auto injuries
- Sports injuries
He also treats back pain caused by slip-and-fall accidents and work-related injuries.
How is back pain diagnosed?
To diagnose back pain, Dr. Ebadat reviews your medical history, asks about your symptoms and lifestyle, and conducts a physical exam.
During the exam, Dr. Ebadat has you stand up, walk around the exam room, and perform a series of range-of-motion exercises. He also has you rate your pain on a scale of 1 to 10. These tests help him determine how much you can move before pain interferes, and if you have muscle spasms. They also help rule out other more serious causes of back pain.
If Dr. Ebadat suspects a musculoskeletal condition like arthritis or osteoporosis is causing your back pain, he orders diagnostic imaging, like X-rays or an MRI. These tools provide detailed images of your bones, joints, and soft tissues.
How is back pain treated?
Treatment for back pain depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your ability to work, exercise, or perform other routine tasks. Usually, Dr. Ebadat recommends conservative, holistic treatments like rest, eating a balanced diet, quitting smoking, and losing weight.
If your back pain persists even after these changes, he might recommend:
- Spinal decompression
- Cold laser therapy
- Anodyne® infrared light therapy
- Chiropractic adjustments
- Physical therapy
- Rehabilitation exercises
You might also benefit from a back brace or exercises to improve your posture.
To learn more about treatment for back pain, schedule an appointment at South Bay Wellness Center. Book a consultation online, or call the office and speak with a team member today.