Back pain: FAQ’s with Dr. Robinson

Back pain: FAQ’s

What is causing my back pain?

Back pain is usually caused by arthritis in the spinal joints (called the facet joints) and also if these bones do not line up appropriately.

What can I do to prevent my back pain from getting worse?

If you have back pain, it's important to maintain good posture and strengthen your core so that the pain improves and doesn't get worse.

Why is my back vulnerable to pain and injury?

As we age, our spinal joints and disk spaces tend to wear out and this causes us to be more prone to injury and pain.

What lifestyle changes can harm or help my back?

Excessive weight gain, smoking and an inactive lifestyle typically are not good for your back. Healthy options include staying active, staying fit and keeping your weight in a normal range.

When should I see a physician about my back or leg pain?

You should see a physician regarding your back pain or leg pain if the pain is unremitting, has lasted longer than 6 weeks or even earlier if you have a weakness.

What are the chances my back pain will result in a permanent disability?

It's very rare that back injury results in a permanent disability. Usually with rest, relaxation and rehabilitation you are able to return to normal activity.

What are back pain treatment options?

Non-operative back treatments can include Physical Therapy, short periods of rest, injection therapy and medication therapy. Injection therapy can involve steroid injections into the spinal joints or around the nerve roots.

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