Back Pain

Arundel Medical Group, Inc.

Primary Care Practice & Chiropractor located in Glen Burnie, MD

Almost everyone experiences back pain at some point in their life due to factors like aging, auto accidents, and sports injuries. When this common problem strikes, the compassionate providers at Arundel Medical Group, Inc. are there to help. They accept walk-in appointments and have a chiropractor on-site at their office location in Glen Burnie, Maryland. You can also schedule an appointment by phone today, or request one using the online booking tool.

Back Pain Q & A

What is back pain?

If you’re trying to find relief from back pain, you’re not alone. This common problem is a leading cause of missed workdays and doctor’s visits, affecting about 80% of adults at least once in their life. 

Back pain varies in type and severity. Depending on your condition, you may experience the following back pain symptoms:

  • Dull aches
  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Pain that radiates into your hip and down one leg

Back pain can be constant, or it may come and go. Most back pain is acute, lasting only a few days or weeks. If your back pain lasts for 12 weeks or longer, it’s considered chronic.    

What causes back pain?

The team at Arundel Medical Group diagnoses and treats many conditions that cause back pain, including:

Sprains and strains

Muscle strains and ligament sprains are among the most prevalent causes of acute back pain. These injuries often occur when you lift a heavy object or twist your back awkwardly.

Bulging or herniated discs

The discs that provide cushioning between your vertebrae are prone to degenerative damage. If the gel-like material inside bulges outward and presses on a nerve, it can cause pain and other symptoms like numbness and tingling.

Skeletal irregularities

Scoliosis is a common skeletal irregularity that causes the spine to curve. This condition may be present in childhood but usually doesn’t cause pain until middle age, if at all.

Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis can affect any joint in your body, including the spine. Arthritis of the spine can also cause the space around your spinal cord to narrow (spinal stenosis).

When should I seek treatment for back pain?

Most cases of back pain get better with simple home treatments, such as heat, ice, or gentle massage. You should call Arundel Medical Group if this is your first time experiencing back pain, your back pain is excruciating, your back pain lasts longer than a few weeks, or it worsens despite self-care. 

How is back pain diagnosed and treated?

First, your Arundel Medical Group provider reviews your symptoms and medical history and performs a physical exam. Depending on the severity, they may also take diagnostic imaging tests, such as an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. 

After they diagnose the cause of your back pain, the team at Arundel Medical Group develops an individualized treatment plan. This varies based on your condition but may include physical therapy, chiropractic care, and medications.

For effective back pain treatment, call Arundel Medical Group, Inc., or request an appointment online today.