Back Pain
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Kent C Doan, MD

Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedics)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedics)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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About the Symptom

Back pain can be a painful sensation in the whole or any part of the back. The pain may be pressing, aching, sharp or dull in nature.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Fever

  • Gross hematuria

  • Sensation of incomplete voiding

  • Abnormal sensation (tingling, prickling)

  • Numbness of lower limbs

  • Respiratory wheeze

Possible Causes

Generally, Back pain can be related to:

  • Multiple Myeloma (MM)

    This is a cancer of a type of white blood cell in the blood, called a plasma cell. Cancerous cells multiply and "crowd out" other healthy, normal cells. Risk factors include positive family history, older age, and male sex. Symptoms include fatigue, bone pain, weight loss, and inability to fight infections.

  • Cervical Spondylosis

    A condition in which the neck bones (cervical spine) become damaged due to wear and tear. Risk factors include long periods of desk work and driving, previous neck injuries, and aging.

  • Spinal Cord Tumor

    A spinal tumor develops within the spinal canal or spine bones. It can be life-threatening and cause permanent disability. Causes include environmental toxins and inherited syndromes like neurofibromatosis 2 and von Hippel-Lindau disease.

  • Vertebral Compression Fracture
  • Nephrolithiasis (Kidney Stones)

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Back pain may be related to these serious diseases:

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Do you experience back pain?

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FAQs

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If my back hurts, when should I call an ambulance?

A.

You should call an ambulance if the pain is really bad, if it starts suddenly, or if the place where it hurts changes.

Details

Especially, you should think about calling an ambulance if you have chest pain or trouble breathing, because this could mean you have a serious condition like heart disease.

References

Stephanie G Wheeler, Joyce E Wipf, Thomas O Staiger et al. (2022). Evaluation of low back pain in adults.

https://www.uptodate.com/contents/evaluation-of-low-back-pain-in-adults

Q.

If my back hurts, when should I see a doctor?

A.

If you feel strong pain, especially in your chest, see a doctor right away. Also, if you have other symptoms like a fever, see a doctor quickly too.

Details

If you feel intense pain, shortness of breath, or chest pain, it might be a sign of a problem with your heart, lungs, or big blood vessels. See a doctor right away. If you have a fever, it could be a dangerous infection, so it's good to see a doctor soon. If the pain lasts a long time or you have other symptoms like blood in your urine or stool, or tingling in your hands and feet, you should also see a doctor quickly.

References

Stephanie G Wheeler, Joyce E Wipf, Thomas O Staiger et al. (2022). Evaluation of low back pain in adults.

https://www.uptodate.com/contents/evaluation-of-low-back-pain-in-adults

Q.

Can daily activities like eating and exercise improve back pain?

A.

If the pain comes from muscle stiffness, light exercise or checking your posture might help.

Details

If the pain is due to muscle stiffness, strategies like stretching, flexibility exercises, light activities like jogging or walking, reviewing your regular posture, and adjusting your workspace when using a computer may help improve the pain to some extent.

References

Diane Abraczinskas, MD. (2022). Overview of intestinal gas and bloating.

https://www.uptodate.com/contents/overview-of-intestinal-gas-and-bloating

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References

  • NHS

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/back-pain/

  • Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 14(13):p 726-735, December 2006.

Reviewed By:

Kent C Doan, MD

Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedics)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedics)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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