Pain in your back? QuestCare Urgent Care can take care of it for you! Back Pain can range from irritating to excruciating and has multiple causes. Let our doctors discover the cause of your pain and develop a treatment plan specific to your needs.
Sciatica & Lower Back Pain
Pain in the lower back can be caused by lifting a heavy object or sitting too long at work and is usually relieved after a period of rest. However, back pain that radiates from the lower back into the buttocks and travels down the leg and foot and is both ongoing and unrelenting is caused by Sciatica.
Sciatica is ongoing pain that may be worse in the leg and foot and can worsen after long periods of standing. Sciatica is a result of irritation to the nerves in the lumbar or lower section of the spine. The sciatic nerve may become pinched by a herniated or bulging disk in the lower back and when pressed against the nerve sends burning pain into the leg and foot, usually on one side of the body.
Piriformis Syndrome is a condition wherein the piriformis muscle located in the lower lumbar area spasms and causes severe buttock pain. The muscle agitates the nearby sciatic nerve and can cause numbness and tingling in the back of the leg and to the foot.
An additional cause of lower back pain is spinal stenosis or a narrowing of the spine. The narrowing can cause pain to radiate to the buttocks down towards the leg and foot. While the symptoms of each condition seem similar, the treatment methods vary according to your specific diagnosis.
Upper Back Pain & Treatment Options
While not as common as lower back pain, upper back pain can be caused by a herniated or degenerated disc in the spine due to an injury or chronic condition. To prevent further damage to the spinal column, it is necessary to receive a correct diagnosis and treatment plan. Treating back pain may involve the use of prescription medications, physical therapy and in some cases surgery.