Some back pain is short-term, lasting a few weeks or less & triggered by heavy lifting or a sharp, awkward movement. In other cases, the pain may recur & happen over a much longer time period, & be accompanied by muscle spasms, shooting pains, & stiffness or limited range of motion. Our doctors are here to help you get a proper diagnosis & treatment that brings relief. If necessary, we can give you a referral for physiotherapy or rehabilitation.
If your back pain is caused by a structural problem in the spine or surrounding muscular structures, the doctor may recommend an x-ray, or a more in-depth scan such as CT or MRI.
Back pain is extremely common & can have a number of different causes, both structural & emotional, including posture, trauma or injury, structural issues, inflammation, & stress. Issues with muscles, bones, & nerves can all contribute to back pain. In some cases, there may be no obvious underlying cause.
Some of the more common injuries & diseases leading to back pain include:
Slipped disc – where a damaged spinal disc presses on the nerves, causing pain
Sciatica – where the sciatic nerve is compressed or irritated, usually due to a structural issue or injury, causing pain, numbness, & tingling
Whiplash – an impact trauma that causes injury to the neck
Ankylosing spondylitis – a long-term, arthritic condition affecting the sacroiliac joint, causing pain & stiffness
What to do next?
Please come to see us if you are suffering from back pain & allow our doctors to examine you & get you the diagnosis & treatment you need. You can call us during office hours or use our online booking system to make an appointment.