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What You Need to Know about Back or Spine Issues

Sep 5, 2019

Back pain can creep up on you – or it can happen all at once – but when you’re experiencing spine pain, you quickly realize that it affects every part of your life. You may find you can no longer do common daily tasks, or relaxing hobbies, or necessary work. When back pain becomes the center of your life, you’re going to want answers to your questions and you’re going to want help.

What caused my back pain?

“There are so many different causes for back pain. Incorrect technique in lifting or exercise, a structural problem such as scoliosis or a slipped disk, a degenerative condition such as osteoporosis, a fracture of a disk, or an injury, such as a fall, can cause back pain,” said Lakewood Regional Medical Center physician Dr. Arthur Chou. “To further complicate things, your pain could be something unrelated to the spine such as an infection, heart problem, stroke or gastrointestinal problem.”

What kind of tests need to be done to diagnose my back pain?

Your physician at Lakewood Regional Medical Center will want to do a thorough examination including your health history and medical records. Your spine will be examined to see where the problem is and then your physician may order any of these 3 tests, available in the hospital:

  • X-ray – will show any fracture or arthritis on the vertebra
  • CT scan – will show any soft tissue damage
  • Ultrasound – will show any soft tissue damage as well as any organ problems

Is my back pain serious?

You should seek immediate medical attention for any of the following that are combined with back pain:

  • If you are experiencing a sudden-onset back pain that has no explanation
  • If you have a fever
  • If you are feeling nauseated
  • If you have a tingling sensation or pain that spreads down one or both legs
  • If you have lost bladder or bowel control
  • If you have back pain resulting from a fall or accident
  • If you have pressure in your chest
  • If you have pain in your jaw, arm or neck
  • If you are confused or having trouble understanding others or being understood
  • If you have muscle weakness
  • Unexplained weight loss

How can I learn more?

To learn more about the causes and treatment options for painful spinal conditions, Dr. Chou will be hosting a Dinner Discussion at Lakewood Regional Medical Center on Thursday, July 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

This free educational event with dinner will feature discussions on spinal anatomy as well as treatment alternatives for back and neck pain using the latest surgical and non-surgical techniques.

Join us as we learn more about spine pain and how to combat it. Lakewood Regional is located at 3700 E. South Street in Lakewood.
Call (844) 673-4328  to reserve your seat.



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