Frequently Asked Questions
We address some of the most frequently asked questions regarding spine and back pain.
What is Spine Pain or Back Pain?
Back pain can range from a dull, constant ache to a sudden, sharp pain that makes it hard to move, stand or sit. Back pain can happen immediately if you fall or lift something too heavy, or it can get worse slowly.
Who Gets Back Pain?
Anyone can have back pain, but some things that increase your risk are:
Can Back Pain Be Prevented?
The best things you can do to prevent back pain are:
How is Back Pain Diagnosed?
Your physician will take your medical history and conduct a complete physical exam and may order the following tests:
What Is the Difference Between Acute and Chronic Pain?
Acute pain starts quickly and lasts less than 6 weeks. it is the most common type of back pain. Acute pain may be caused by things like falling, being tackled in football or lifting something heavy.
Chronic pain lasts for more than 3 months and is much less common than acute pain.
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