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When to Seek Medical Attention for Back Pain

When you experience debilitating back pain, the emergency physicians at ER of Texas are standing by to help.

Our 24 hour emergency rooms are available to diagnose and treat back pain issues

If you are experiencing excruciating back pain, please visit one of our 24-hour emergency centers. Our board-certified ER doctors are experienced, knowledgeable and available anytime to meet medical needs.

Back pain is a common medical concern and we can evaluate & treat it promptly with a detailed physical exam and various modalities that include x-ray & CT scan. ER of Texas emergency rooms offer several treatment options and therapies that can help the patient feel better quickly. We are also able to refer patients to a pain management or spine specialist for serious and chronic conditions.

Causes of Back Pain

Over 80% of the population can experience back pain during their lifetime and 25% report having back pain within the last three months. Since the spine is complex and is made up of many parts, it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of back pain. In many cases,it is simply the result of poor posture and using the wrong techniques to lift heavy objects.

A common condition, back pain can be caused by any of a number of things such as:

  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity
  • Inflammation
  • Stress
  • Herniated discs
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Scoliosis
  • Kidney infection
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Sciatica
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Paget’s disease of bone
  • Sprains and strains caused by car wrecks, sports, or other injuries
  • Cauda equina syndrome
  • Shingles

Sometimes the cause of your back pain could be completely unrelated to the spine, such as with kidney stones, appendicitis or ulcerative colitis.

Treatments for Back Pain

Back pain may be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medication or with the application of heat or cold to the affected area. However, severe back aches may require anesthetic or analgesic drugs for relief.

Many people who suffer from bad back have also found that their pain is reduced through acupuncture, biofeedback, behavior modification and relaxation, while others require nerve blocks or corticosteroid drugs to ease their backache. Since back surgery is extremely risky and may cause additional pain, doctors may use it as a last resort after other treatments have failed.

When to Come to the ER for Back Pain

There are serious medical emergencies that can first present as back pain. Come immediately to the emergency room if your back pain is accompanied by pain in the shoulder or jaw or numbness in the arm or legs. If you have trouble standing, have lost sensation in the groin or have muscle weakness in your legs, seek immediate medical attention. If bowel or bladder control is lost, that is another emergency indicator. Back pain that is accompanied by a fever, nausea or vomiting also required urgent evaluation.

If your back pain is worse when you lay down, there may be something more serious going on. If you have cancer, HIV/AIDS or are taking immunosuppressant drugs or prolonged steroids, back pain should not be ignored. We can also evaluate patients with back pain caused by motor vehicle accident.

If you have these medical conditions, you may require emergency care

When you experience debilitating back pain, the emergency physicians at ER of Texas Emergency Rooms are standing by to help. Come right in any time, day or night, and we will show you to a private room where you will see your board-certified, emergency medicine physician in a few moments. Our imaging equipment is in-house and ready to use to aid in your diagnosis, if needed. Our goal is to help you soon feel better while on your way to recovery.

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