Back pain is an orthopedic condition that describes any discomfort along your body’s backside between your lower neck and your tailbone. Pain can be stabbing, sharp, and sudden, or it may worsen over time and last for months.
Dignity Health Central California’s compassionate orthopedics team specializes in finding what’s causing your middle, upper or lower back pain and offering a personalized solution. Delivered with dignity and respect, our treatment provides relief for back pain in Central California. Find a Doctor for orthopedic care with humankindness.
Easing Back Pain Symptoms at Dignity Health Central California
To diagnosis your pain, your doctor will perform a physical exam and talk to you about your symptoms, recent activities, and medical history. Along with back pain, tell your doctor if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Pain that runs from your buttocks and down one leg
- Neck or shoulder pain
- Hard time sleeping
- Warmth, redness, or swelling on your back
- Trouble moving or stiffness
Get immediate care if you experience low back pain with loss of bladder or bowel control and increased numbness or weakness in your arms or legs. Compression of the nerves in your lower spine can cause this and may result in permanent nerve damage.
The goal of Dignity Health Central California’s orthopedic doctors is to relieve your symptoms and start the healing process. The healing of your body, mind, and spirit remains our priority.
Understanding Back Pain Causes
Some back pain results from problems with the back itself. It can also come from a problem somewhere else in your body. Your doctor will carefully diagnose what’s causing your back pain to select the best treatment options.
Back pain causes from your spine, nerves, ligaments, and muscles include:
- Osteoarthritis and other conditions that can damage the bones in your spine
- Spinal alignment programs, such as scoliosis
- Disc problems, such as bulging or compression
- Muscle strain and spasms from an injury, overuse, or awkward or forceful movements
- Arthritis, including ankylosing spondylitis and osteoarthritis of your spine
Physical conditions in other areas of your body that can lead to back pain include:
Enjoy Life More with Back Pain Treatment
Your doctor will use diagnostic testing, such as an X-ray, bone scan, or MRI scan, to pinpoint the cause and develop a plan for back pain relief. Your treatment will help restore your mobility and relieve your discomfort.
For most back pain, your doctor will recommend over-the-counter pain medications, home care, and exercises to strengthen your back. When these and other nonsurgical treatments no longer work, orthopedic surgery is an option in some cases.
For back pain relief, talk to trusted expert at a Dignity Health Central California hospital.
Dignity Health Central California orthopedists offer effective treatments to relieve back pain in Bakersfield, Merced, San Andreas, and Stockton, CA.