Skagit Northwest Orthopedic

Back Pain

Treatment and Causes of Back Pain

Pain in the back can impede many parts of daily life, and there is a wide array of causes, from muscle strain to kidney stones or disc injuries. When experiencing back pain, it’s important to see a healthcare provider for a proper diagnosis and the appropriate treatment not only to relieve the pain but also to avoid developing chronic conditions.

Types of Pain in the Back

Back pain can range from an annoying ache to debilitating pain and is the second most common reason people will visit their doctor. While pain can seem like just pain by a person experiencing it, ranging in severity, back pain is categorized by medical professionals based on its location along with the severity and how it is felt. For example, is the pain in the center of the back? Is it a moderate pain? Is the pain felt broadly or as smaller stab-like pains? Does the pain last briefly, come on suddenly, or does it persist?

These are some of the questions a doctor will ask to figure out the possible causes of back pain.

A doctor inspecting a patient's back.

Causes of Back Pain

The causes of back pain can be divided up by whether they’re local, or radiating:

Local Pain in the Back

Back pain in the spine can be caused by:

Radiating Pain in the Back

Back pain that radiates can be caused by:

Diagnosing Back Problems

To diagnose back pain, healthcare providers need as much information as possible and will gather it by discussing symptoms with the patient, reviewing the health history and lifestyle, and ordering imaging tests, including:

They may also recommend seeing a specialist to better help them diagnose the issue if unable to determine it themselves, such as seeing a:

When assessing the cause of back pain, a doctor will ask questions to help them narrow it down, such as:

Back Pain Treatment and Management

Treating back pain depends on the cause, but to help ease the pain, a doctor may recommend:

Until a diagnosis is made and the person experiencing back pain has been seen by a medical professional, back pain treatment can’t be determined. However, there are ways to reduce the risk of back pain, including:

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Why Choose Proliance Surgeons Skagit Northwest Orthopedics?

Our back surgeons and doctors at Proliance Surgeons Skagit Northwest Orthopedics have completed additional training specifically in the back, neck, and spine. With this advanced training, Dr. Jimmy Cui, Dr. Dawei Lu, and Dr. Herbie P. Yung have the experience and expertise to assess, diagnose, and treat your back injury or condition individually to your needs.

To consult with one of our back surgeons or doctors, please request an appointment online or call (360) 424-7041.