Written by Michael J. Musacchio, Jr., M.D.
Nearly everyone will have back or neck pain at some time in their lives. For most, this will be an occasional occurrence, while in others it can be more disruptive to their quality of life. It’s important to know some key facts about back pain as well as when to see a specialist.
Typically, back pain is self-limited and will improve in a short amount of time.
Here are some key points about back pain:
- Nearly everyone will be afflicted with back pain at some point in their lives
- It is the most common cause of disability in the working population
- 15% of all sick leave is due to back or neck pain
- Majority of back pain is non-surgical
- Back pain is preventable!!
- Muscle strains and soft tissue sprains
- Generalized arthritis
- Disc degeneration
- Bone spurs
- Pinched nerves
- Mechanical instability
When pain fails to improve or becomes intolerable, it’s time to see a spine specialist to identify the cause of the pain, and begin conservative treatments to help the patient.