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Back and Spine

Back pain is a common complaint from adults. Back pain comes from a myriad of conditions. Back pain may come from bad habits such as bad posture or obesity or a side effect of aging. Some patients suffer from back pain as a result of an injury or trauma.

The treatment for back pain depends on each patient and the condition. We evaluate each patient thoroughly to identify the source of the pain and develop a treatment plan according to your condition. Clearway Pain Solutions treatment plans often involve a combination of minimally invasive treatments and physical therapy to provide pain relief.

Common Symptoms of Back Pain 

  • Chronic ache or stiffness along the spine from the neck to hips
  • Piercing pain – usually experienced after overexertion. This pain is localized in the neck, upper back or lower back
  • Persistent ache in mid to lower back, especially after prolonged sitting or standing
  • Radiating pain in lower back or buttocks, down into thighs, calves, and feet
  • Muscle spasms in lower back when standing straight

Types of Back Pain

There are 3 main types of back pain: upper and middle back, lower back, and pain in the spine.

  • Upper and middle back: These parts of the back are called the thoracic spine. Although upper and middle back pain isn’t as common as lower back pain, it can still be debilitating. Most upper/middle back pain results from muscle strain or injury, poor posture or conditions like a herniated disc.
  • Lower back: Lower back pain is very common and also difficult to diagnose and treat. Besides injury and trauma, some conditions causing lower back pain are spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis, and more. Rare causes of lower back pain may be from bacterial infections or tumors.
  • Pain in the spine: This pain refers to pain in a widespread area. Pain in the spine may be isolated to one region or in several, even all, regions: cervical (neck), thoracic (middle), lumbar (lower) and sacral (hip/pelvis).

COMMON SYMPTOMS OF BACK PAIN

  • Chronic ache or stiffness along the spine from the base of the neck to the hips
  • Piercing pain, localized in the neck, upper back or lower back, often experienced after lifting heavy objects or other overexertion
  • Persistent aching in the mid to lower back, especially after prolonged sitting or standing
  • Radiating pain in the lower back or buttocks, into the thighs, calves, and feet
  • Muscles spasms in lower back when attempting to stand straight

TYPES OF BACK PAIN

  • Upper and Middle Back Pain – This part of your back is called the thoracic spine. Though not as common as lower back pain, upper and middle back pain can be just as debilitating. Most upper and middle back pain results from muscle strain or injury, poor posture or conditions such as a herniated disc.
  • Lower Back Pain – Lower back pain is much more widespread, and more difficult to diagnose and treat. In addition to injury or trauma, common causes for lower back pain may include a herniated disc, spinal stenosis, osteoarthritis and spondylolisthesis, where one vertebra slides over another. Rare cases of lower back pain may be caused by bacterial infections or tumors.
  • Pain in Spine – Pain in the spine refers to a widespread area, with pain manifesting itself in the back. Pain in the spine can be isolated to one of the following regions, or present in several or all of them: Cervical (neck region), Thoracic (middle back), Lumbar (lower back), Sacral (hip/pelvic area).