Low Back Pain Essays

1233 Words Oct 12th, 2010 5 Pages
LOW BACK PAIN – ACUTE

It is the pain felt in your lower back which may come from the spine, muscles, nerves, or other nearby structures. It may also be due to problems in your mid or upper back, the testicles or ovaries, or a hernia in the groin.
CAUSES
* If you are like most people, you will have at least one backache in your life. While such pain or discomfort can happen anywhere in your back, the most common area affected is your low back. This is because the low back supports most of your body's weight. * Low back pain is the number two reason that Americans see their doctor second only to colds and flues. Many back-related injuries happen at work. But you can change that. There are many things you can do to lower your
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* Testicular torsion (twisted testicle).

SYMPTOMS. You may feel a variety of symptoms if you've hurt your back. You may have a tingling or burning sensation, a dull achy feeling, or sharp pain. Depending on the cause, you also may have weakness in your legs or feet.
EXAMS AND TESTS * When you first see your doctor, you will be asked questions about your back pain, including how often it occurs and how severe it is. Your doctor will try to determine the cause of your back pain and whether it is likely to quickly get better with simple measures such as ice, mild painkillers, physical therapy, and proper exercises. Most of the time, back pain will get better using these approaches. * During the physical exam, your doctor will try to pinpoint the location of the pain and figure out how it affects your movement. You will be asked to: * Sit, stand, and walk. While walking, your doctor may ask you to try walking on your toes and then your heels. * Bend forward, backward, and sideways. * Lift your legs straight up while lying down. If the pain is worse when you do this, you may have sciatica, especially if you also feel numbness or tingling in one of your legs. * Your doctor will also move your legs in different positions, including bending and straightening your knees. All the while, the doctor is assessing your strength as well as your ability to move. * To test

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