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What Are the Causes of Back Pain & Lower Back Pain?

Most people don’t think of their backs as being particularly complex systems—but they are. From the disks that make up your spine to the muscles and ligaments that allow your back to stay flexible enough for you to move about comfortably, there are numerous parts of your back that are vulnerable to pain.

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Possible Causes

That’s why there are so many possible causes of back pain and lower back pain, including:

  • Sprains and strains
  • Ruptured or bulging spinal discs
  • Muscle spasms or tension
  • Back injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Scoliosis

When to See a Specialist

Lower back pain can be particularly excruciating for many people since it can be sharp and stabbing. If your back pain is temporary and goes away after a few days, it is considered acute pain and may not require any treatment beyond rest and the occasional application of cold compresses. If it persists, however, it can be considered chronic pain and should be treated.

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How Are Back Pain & Lower Back Pain Treated?

The treatment that your healthcare provider will recommend for your back pain depends on the circumstances. You may be prescribed a pain reliever or muscle relaxant—or even over-the-counter medication—in order to relieve the immediate pain. If you are engaging in any activities that may be exacerbating your back pain, such as heavy lifting, your healthcare provider may recommend that you alter your current schedule. In many cases, physical therapy and certain prescribed exercises may also help you find lasting relief from your back pain.

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Meet the Doctors at Chalmers Wellness

If you want to find genuine relief for your chronic pain, Dr. Matt Chalmers and the rest of the team at Chalmers Wellness can help. We provide an alternative to traditional medicine—one that embraces the complexity of pain’s sources and a multifaceted approach to relieving it. If you would like to request an appointment at our office in Frisco, TX, contact us today at 214-446-5300. We provide free consultations, so don’t hesitate to call!

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Back Pain

If you suffer from back pain, you’re far from alone: Back pain is an ailment that happens to almost everybody. Fortunately, there are treatments that work. Every person’s back pain is different, so an effective program will require an individualized approach. At Chalmers Wellness, we specialize in providing non-traditional treatments for a wide array of common complaints, including both back pain and lower back pain.

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