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Back Pain Specialist

Internal Medicine Practices

Primary Care, Geriatric Care & Internal Medicine Specialists located in Lady Lake, FL & Tavares, FL

Back pain is a leading cause of disability worldwide, reports the American Chiropractic Association (ACA). At Internal Medicine Practices in Lady Lake and Tavares, Florida, the expert physicians provide targeted treatment to uncover the cause and reduce back pain symptoms. To learn more about back pain, call Internal Medicine Practices or schedule an appointment online today.

Back Pain Q & A

What causes back pain?

Back pain becomes increasingly common with age. The back stretches from the shoulders to the hips and consists of hundreds of bones, muscles, nerves, ligaments, joints, and discs. Since the back is essential for movement, strength, and stabilization, any damage or strain can lead to constant pain.

The most common causes of back pain include:

Herniated disc

The discs in your back sit in between the vertebrae in the spine. Discs are slightly flexible, which allows your spine to bend and rotate. A disc consists of a hard outer shell with a softer gel-like center. Any damage to the outside of the disc can cause the gel to ooze out, irritating the surrounding nerves.

Arthritis

Arthritis is a chronic joint inflammation that’s most commonly caused by degraded cartilage. A tissue that protects the joints, cartilage plays a crucial role in your joint movement. When this flexible tissue breaks down, it causes your bones to rub together, leading to pain and a restricted range of motion.

Muscle strain

While strained muscles usually heal on their own, some require additional treatment. A muscle or ligament that doesn’t heal properly can develop scar tissue that causes pain and discomfort.

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis, or porous bones, happens when new bone tissue doesn’t replace old bone quickly enough. This results in small bone fractures and brittle bones. Osteoporosis can be extremely painful and often gets worse as you get older.

What are the risk factors for back pain?

Although anybody can develop back pain, some individuals are at a higher risk than others. Common risk factors for back pain include:

  • Older age
  • Excess weight
  • Tobacco use (smoking, chewing tobacco, etc.)
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal cancer
  • Inactivity
  • Work demands

Individuals who frequently lift heavy objects at work are at a higher risk of back pain. However, those who sit at a desk for most of the day aren’t immune to pain. Desk jobs are common contributors to lower back and neck pain.

How is back pain treated?

After a thorough physical exam that can include lab testing and X-ray imaging, your doctor at Internal Medicine Practices creates an individualized treatment plan to address your back pain.

Common treatments for back pain include:

  • Rest
  • Ice and heat therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Rehabilitation exercises
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Changes in exercise habits
  • Weight loss
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Medicine

To learn more about treatments for back pain, call Internal Medicine Practices or book an appointment online today.

Fax: 949-543-2074