Four Things You Didn’t Know About Chronic Back Pain

Four Things You Didn’t Know About Chronic Back PainChronic back pain affects millions of people each year. We all understand that back pain hurts, but many people are unaware of just how seriously it can impact your life. Here are four things that you may not have known about this significant and serious condition.

Back Pain Can Cause Depression

The link between pain and depression is well-documented. Experiencing back on a daily basis can wear on your mood and affect your ability to engage in activities that you once enjoyed. Some of the specific ways that back pain can cause issues that may lead to depression include sleep problems, social isolation, financial problems, and alcohol or drug abuse.

There Are a Number of Risk Factors for Back Pain

While back pain can affect anyone at any time, there are certain factors that can place you at a much higher risk of developing chronic back pain. These include the following:

  • Age
  • Poor fitness
  • Genetics
  • Excess weight
  • Smoking
  • Labor-intensive jobs
  • Arthritis
  • Smoking

Chronic Back Pain is Usually Treatable

Fortunately, chronic back pain often responds well to treatment. The particular type of treatment that a patient will receive depends on the type of pain he or she is suffering from. Some of the more common treatments for chronic back pain include pain relievers, corticosteroid injections, chiropractic manipulation, massage therapy, spinal decompression therapy, Class IV laser therapy, and surgery.

Effectively Treating Back Pain Requires a Thorough Evaluation

In order to effectively treat back pain, it is important to determine what is actually causing the pain. For this reason, we employ a number of diagnostic tools when working with people who suffer from chronic back pain, including X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and blood tests.

Call Tampa Bay Spine & Injury Today for More Information

If you are struggling with chronic back pain, you should contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury as soon a possible. Our multidisciplinary team of medical professionals offer a variety of back pain treatments and will tailor a treatment plan specifically for you. To learn more about our options, call our Brandon office at 813-381-3852 or our St. Petersburg office at 727-898-3852.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/depression/expert-answers/pain-and-depression/faq-20057823

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