The spine is a series of bones (vertebrae) that, stacked on top of one another, extend from your skull to your lower back. Your spine protects your spinal cord, which connects your brain to the rest of your body, and gives your body structure and support, allowing you to stand and bend. Back pain can affect people of all ages — in fact, it is the second most common reason that people visit their physician.
A variety of factors can cause back pain, including:
- Irritation of large nerves that lead to your legs and arms
- Irritation of spine nerves or joints
- Strained back muscles
- Injury to bones, ligaments or joints
- Rupture or breakdown of discs
Back pain symptoms range from mild to severe, from a dull ache to sharp pain. If you experience any of the following symptoms, make an appointment with your physician:
- Weakness, numbness or tingling
- Pain after a fall or an injury
- Loss of bladder or bowel function
- Pain at night
- Severe pain that does not improve
- Milder pain that lasts longer than a month
To diagnose your back pain, your physician will perform a physical exam. Your physician may also recommend further testing, such as an X-ray, MRI, CT scan, or blood test.
How does back pain impact your life?
The Freeman Back & Neck Assessment, offered free of charge, can help you learn how back pain impacts your daily activities, factors that contribute to pain in your spine, and get recommendations for next steps to address it. The assessment takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete, and asks demographic questions and medical history questions.
After completing online assessment, you'll receive a free personalized report that outlines important information about your health. This report can be printed and downloaded. We encourage you to print your report and bring it to your next appointment with your physician. Take the Freeman Back and Neck Assessment today!