What is backache?

A common complaint, almost everyone eventually falls victim to the pain of a backache at one time or another. Ranging from a dull ache to sharp pain, backache is considered acute if it is short-lived, lasting up to a few weeks, or chronic if it lasts for more than three months. Luckily, most back pain resolves on its own and can be treated at home with warm or cold compresses, over-the-counter pain relievers, and rest. (Just be careful not to take it too easy, as overdoing the rest can actually make the back stiffer and worsen your pain.)

Back pain can be caused by many things, including muscle strain or tension, herniated or slipped discs in the spine, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, poor posture, weight gain, pregnancy, and even serious causes, like cancer. Because the causes of back pain are so varied, you should consult your doctor anytime back pain interferes with your daily activities, persists for more than a few weeks, or does not improve with home treatment.

To avoid back pain in the first place, ask your doctor about an exercise program that can help you strengthen your core.  Make sure you maintain a healthy weight, get regular checkups, use safety precautions when lifting heavy items, and ensure your spine is getting adequate support from your mattress and chairs.

 When should you come to the emergency room?

Come to Laredo Emergency Room for lower back pain, particularly severe pain that comes on suddenly. We can help alleviate the pain and look for causes.

The best way to avoid needing emergency medical care is to educate yourself on ways to stay healthy.
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