When is back pain considered “chronic”?

Centro de la columna Vertebral: March 12, 2019

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When is back pain considered “chronic”?

Back pain is considered chronic when it lasts for a considerable amount of time and it does not stop even after having rested. Some experts consider 3 months to be the threshold, though any pain lasting from several days to weeks must be addressed by a physician.

Acute pain and chronic pain

Practically everybody will experience back pain at some point in their life. In most cases, the causes are not specific nor localized, which means the cause cannot be identified accurately and it could be the result of particular situations such as daily activities or fatigue. This is known as “acute” pain.

On the other hand, there is people who start experiencing back pain in a “chronic”, way that can last for weeks or months without seemingly yielding to rest nor to day-to-day circumstances. This is what “chronic pain” means, and it is most likely due to an underlying condition.

Risk Factors

  • Being more than 30 years old.
  • Being obese or overweight.
  • Family history.
  • Degenerative diseases such arthrosis of the spine.
  • Herniated discs or other backbone ailments.

Diagnosis and treatment

It is very important that you make a doctor’s appointment if your back pain starts getting in the way of your daily life. If it does not yield after having rested, if there is also numbness, or if your limbs weaken. A physician’s assistance, mobility tests and some medical imaging (such as MRI) might be necessary in order to find the exact cause of your chronic back pain.

The treatment is based on three main components: Analgesics, physical therapy, and weight management to achieve long-term results. The specific plan shall be determined by the physician as well as by other health professionals, like a physiotherapist or a nutritionist.

Get an appointment at the CCV

At the Centro de la Columna Vertebral we have over 24 years’ experience treating chronic back pain. Our specialists can help you find the right treatment for your condition. Get back to your routine and live painlessly.

Schedule an appointment online here

“The information provided in this blog is of an informative nature; it seeks to promote good health habits in the population and by no means replace medical consultation. Content reviewed and corrected by Dr. Armando Acevedo Méndez, orthopedics and traumatology specialist. Professional license 602691.”

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