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Highlights Overview: Back pain can be acute, subacute, or chronic, and more commonly occurs in the lower area of the back.
Acute back pain develops suddenly and lasts up to several weeks. Acute pain is the most common type of back pain. Subacute back pain is pain that lasts up to three months. Chronic back pain can begin abruptly or gradually, linger, subside and then come back, but it lasts longer than 3 months. With proper self-care, most acute cases resolve within 4 - 6 weeks. Two-thirds of those patients, however, will experience another episode of back pain within 12 months. Diagnosis: A medical history and a brief physical examination is always necessary for both acute and chronic back pain. The main goal of a physical exam is to try and determine the source of the pain and to detect warning symptoms. Imaging techniques such as x-rays or scans are rarely recommended in the first month unless the health care provider suspects a serious problem such as a tumor, fracture, infection, caud...
Suddenly you have an intense pain that comes and goes that is located in the area of the flank or maybe in the lower abdomen. You may also be nauseous and vomiting, or you may even have a fever. Most women who experience this describe this as being worse than childbirth without anesthesia. You cannot find a comfortable position and will be pacing back and forth. What is it that I am describing? A kidney stone that is trying to make its way out of the urinary tract.
Kidney stones can come in many different shapes, sizes and composition. Many patients may have stones that are present in their kidney and not even know they are there. Patients only become aware of their stones when the stones cause symptoms. Symptoms that can be associated with kidney stones include bleeding, infection, or pain that usually comes in waves and can be located in your back and sides and may radiate toward the groin.
What is a kidney stone?
Most stones (80%) contain calcium; h...
Back care consists of any of several approaches used to restore or maintain a healthy, pain-free back. Low back pain is a major problem in our society. Up to 90 percent of all Americans will have a problem with back pain at some time in their lives. They will spend approximately five billion dollars annually for relief. Each year, some 200,000 back surgeries are performed, and hundreds of thousands of prescriptions are written for medications to relieve low back pain. It is estimated that one-third of all workmen's claims and 60 percent of all long-term disability payments are used for the care of back injuries. It is no wonder there is an increasing interest in the prevention and management of low back pain. The major reason low back pain is not a simple problem to solve is that each individual's situation is unique. Pain may be the result of any combination of factors, such as day-to-day activities, lifestyle, level of fitness, nutritional status and even, the aging process. ...
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