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What is back pain?

Back pain is one of the conditions that require immediate medical attention as it can lead affect the daily life of the patient such as missed work. This condition is a primary cause of disability across the world. Luckily, there are measures to avert or relieve most episodes of back pain, primarily for people above 60 years of age. If prevention is not helpful, then simple home treatment options and using the correct postures while sleeping will help in healing the back pain within a period of a few weeks. Back pain is known to be the second most common reason why patients keep visiting the hospital.

Why back pain occurs?

Several reasons are there for why back pain occurs including radiating back pain. It is important to consult a doctor on time so that back pain treatment is considered on time. Here are some of the primary causes why back pain occurs: 

Back pain in the spine

  • Trauma/injury
  • Tumor
  • Radiculopathy
  • Spinal disk degeneration
  • Sacroiliac joint dysfunction
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Intervertebral disk degeneration
  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylolisthesis

Back pain in tissues

Back pain in tissues is usually caused by: 

  • Ligament sprain 
  • Muscle strain
  • Tightness in the muscle 

Radiating back pain

Causes of radiating back pain are:

  • Cancers 
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Pelvic inflammatory diseases (sexually transmitted infections)
  • Perforating stomach ulcers
  • Liver problems
  • Gallbladder inflammation
  • Appendicitis
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Kidney infection and kidney stones
  • Pancreatitis
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Infections
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms

Back pain in women

Causes of back pain among women are:

  • Pregnancy
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Endometriosis

Back pain in men

Causes of back pain in men are: 

  • Testicular injury

When to consult a doctor ?

Back pain often improves with home treatment through the right medical assistance or self-care within a short period. It is recommended to consult a doctor if:

  • Back pain lasts for more than two to three weeks 
  • It is serious and no improvement can be seen
  • Back pain is spreading down one or both legs, mainly below the knee area
  • Weakness, tingling, and numbness is experienced in both legs 
  • It is followed by weight loss that is unexplained

In certain cases, back pain is an indication of an underlying medical condition. Prompt medical help should be considered when:

  • Back pain is causing bladder or new bowel issues 
  • It is followed by a fever 
  • Back pain involves falls, blow to the back, or injury

Which doctor to consult for back pain?

For back pain treatment, it is recommended to visit a physical therapist, physiatrist, chiropractor, or orthopedic physician assistant. They will start with the evaluation of the condition and provide treatment to reduce back pain and its impact.

Back pain treatment options 

Back pain treatment entirely depends on the cause as it helps in determining the options. However, the usually recommended treatment options are:

  • Antibiotics are given to relieve the pain 
  • Physical therapy is recommended
  • Chiropractic care
  • Over-the-counter drugs, muscle relaxants, pain medications, and steroids 
  • Acupuncture 
  • Traction 
  • Massages 
  • Stretching exercises 
  • Cold packs or heating pads
  • Surgery in severe cases
  • Strengthening exercises

Why should we choose RBH for back pain treatment?

Rukmani Birla Hospital, Jaipur is among the eminent multi-special hospitals operating in the city for decades. The hospital has integrated the most amazing and experienced doctors including other staff members. We ensure dedicating ourselves to offering exceptional and satisfactory patient care. The primary objective behind the inception of this hospital is to make healthcare services available to everyone at an affordable cost including the finest treatment. So, if you are looking for back pain treatment, then get in touch with our most skilled and highly talented healthcare professionals at RBH.


Is back pain a symptom of pregnancy?

Yes, it can be an early sign of pregnancy 


Does back pain cause gas?

Yes, people with chronic back pain can experience gas pain and gas.