Back pain can have several root causes. Some people have lived with lower or upper back pain for several months (or even years)! This type is called chronic back pain. Other people experience sudden back pain that may range from feeling uncomfortable to debilitating. Pain that comes on suddenly is called acute back pain, and it usually stems from an injury or an accident.
Spinal pain is one of the most common symptoms that brings patients to their physician. It is also one of the leading sources of disability. Ogden Clinic’s Spine Care team works together to diagnose and treat all causes of back pain. We offer many forms of surgical and non-surgical options to help you get back to living your fullest life.
There are various reasons why your back can hurt, including muscle pain, disc pain, joint pain, or nerve pain. In most cases, these are not harmful or dangerous. There are some instances when pain can be a symptom of a more serious problem, such as a fracture or an infection of the spine.
Acute or low/mechanical back pain is a common medical problem. Acute pain is pain that has been present less than four to six weeks. Mechanical means the source of the pain may be in the spinal joints, discs, vertebrae or soft tissues. Acute mechanical back pain may also be called acute low back pain, lumbago, idiopathic low back pain, a lumbosacral strain, or lumbar syndrome.
Back pain is considered chronic if it lasts longer than three months. It may come and go, bringing temporary relief followed by frustration. Chronic back pain is especially frustrating if you don’t know the root cause. Two common causes of chronic back pain are arthritis of the spine and spinal stenosis. The back specialists at Ogden Clinic handle all types of back pain with a comprehensive approach.
If your back pain is severe, lasts several weeks, or keeps you from participating in daily activities, it’s time to seek medical care. Do not hesitate to contact the Utah Spine Care | Ogden Clinic team if you experience any of these symptoms that could indicate a bigger problem: