Back Pain


Back pain can be triggered by a number of factors including:

• Injury due to bending or lifting 
• Over-activity
• Disk injury (disk tear or disk herniation)
• Disk degeneration
• Spinal stenosis
• Motor vehicle accidents
• Contact sports
• Falls

The spine is composed of vertebrae that are stacked upon one another, nerves, ligaments, muscles and intervertebral disks. Back pain can come on slowly or it can be a sudden onset. It can be intermittent or constant and can range from mild to severe pain. While back pain often resolves itself in time, medical attention should be sought in the following instances:

• Pain does not improve within a few weeks
• Pain extends from the back into the buttocks, hips or legs 
• Pain causes weakness, tingling or numbness

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